On the steps of New York City Hall on Feb. 23, national, community,
food, urban and labor group leaders hosted a press conference to address
Walmart’s negative impact on the food system. Food & Water Watch
Executive Director Wenonah Hauter and Stuart Appelbaum, president of the
Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU), spoke at the
event, which also marked the release of the new Food & Water Watch
report, “Why Walmart Can’t Fix the Food System,” an analysis of the rift between Walmart’s marketing claims and the true impact the company has on the food system.
This week, as the largest food retailer in the U.S. released its
fourth quarter earnings, community leaders in New York gathered to call
attention to the company’s business model, which squeezes farmers,
workers and processors, and drives food production to become more
consolidated and industrialized. While Walmart has been busy promoting
itself as the solution to lack of access to healthy food in urban
communities, the message from City Hall was loud and clear—Walmart is
not the answer and they are not wanted in New York City.