This morning, Walmart, one of the world’s biggest companies and the nation’s biggest food seller by a long shot announced it has adopted the "five freedoms" principles for farm animals, effectively renouncing the use of extreme confinement and other abusive practices in animal agriculture, and signaling an extraordinary change in agriculture in America. Precisely because it's Walmart, this is the most definitive statement yet that the era of confining farm animals in cages will come to an end. We applaud the company for adopting a comprehensive animal welfare policy, which comes on the heels of dozens of other declarations and pledges from other major food retailers against gestation crates, battery cages, and tail docking of dairy cows.
Vilsack and Pritzker to Co-Chair Obama Administration's Broadband Opportunity Council
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA has funded three rural telecommunications infrastructure projects that will improve broadband service in portions of rural Arkansas, Iowa and New Mexico. This announcement coincides with the news that the President Obama signed a new Presidential Memorandum to create the Broadband Opportunity Council, co-chaired by Secretary Vilsack and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker.
The long-awaited relocation of Little Rock’s Whole Foods Market is here.
In addition to an expanded range of high quality natural and organic products, the store will offer more than 200 local—and more than 300 organic— items, a coffee and fresh juice bar, and a beer and wine bar serving pub style fare and featuring 12 taps.
Sustainable Point-of-Purchase Displays made with ECOR advance Walmart's collaborations with vendors to encourage sustainable practices and products
In April 2014, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.'s president and CEO Doug McMillon invited top executives from major suppliers to the company's Sustainable Product Expo and challenged them to collaborate to explore more sustainable practices and products. Commitments were made by a number of suppliers, and among those commitments were goals to advance standards for more sustainable in-store marketing materials and point-of-purchase displays.
A student from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville has received a research fellowship grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA issued fellowship grants to students pursuing environmental science or other related fields of study at universities and colleges across the nation.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $300,000 to the Arkansas Natural Resource Commission (ANRC) to reduce sediment and phosphorus—enhancing the ecology of the West Fork White River watershed.