Skip to comments.Michelle Obama: Walmart Fulfilling Its ‘Moral Obligations’ by Selling Healthy Foods
Posted on 03/02/2013 5:11:07 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
(CNSNews.com) First lady Michelle Obama is praising what has often been one of the lefts biggest targets, Walmart, for helping to fight obesity and food deserts in the United States.
At Walmart, you can believe that as Americas largest retailer, you have an obligation that goes far beyond the bottom line, Obama said Thursday at a Walmart in Springfield, Mo.
You know that every day, with the products you sell, youre helping parents get by on a budget -- which is what everybody in this country is trying to do. Youre helping kids get the nutrition they need to learn and grow and fulfill their God-given potential and those arent just business opportunities. Theyre moral obligations -- truly. Theyre responsibilities to the health of our families and the future of our next generation.
Mrs. Obama has made fighting obesity, particularly childhood obesity, her top cause as first lady. She talked about how Walmart, the nations largest retailer, has stepped up to offer healthier options, and she insisted that other retailers must do the same thing.
In the coming months and years, we need more American businesses to step up and meet those responsibilities, the first lady said. We need more companies to do what Walmart has done -- to dig deep and to find new ways to make money by giving families better information and healthier choices.
Many liberal organizations such as labor unions and President Barack Obamas base, have long criticized Walmart for its non-union stores. A top donor to Obamas campaigns, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) supported a nationwide protest against Walmart last November.
But on Thursday, Mrs. Obama was full of praise for Walmart:
You have opened 86 new stores -- one of the most important calls, most important work to eliminating food deserts, because youve opened these stores, including this one, in underserved communities, she said.
And now youve launched your Great for You seal that I got to see firsthand that helps customers immediately spot healthy items on the shelf -- so they dont have to spend hours poring over those fine-print labels that you can barely understand to figure out which foods are healthy and which ones arent.
Walmarts Great for You seal is a front-of-package icon that will appear on more than 1,300 Great Value and Marketside food and beverages sold in Walmarts U.S. stores.
Walmart also has committed itself to improve the nutritional quality of Walmarts Great Value brand and national food brands by reducing sodium by 25 percent, added sugars by 10 percent and removing all industrially produced trans fats by the end of 2015.
It has promised to increase Americans access to fresh, healthier and affordable food by opening between 275 and 300 new stores in urban and rural food deserts by the end of 2016.
And the retailer plans to help Americans better understand nutrition and healthier eating options by increasing its charitable support for nutrition programs.
Yeah. Like when it’s your $300k/year job at the University to convince poor people to go to a county hospital because they had no insurance.
That kind of “moral?” You. Bit.........$&@
The Congo butt Moocher is chastising Walmart that she herself obviously indulges in consuming her share of at food.
A common sense set of moral obligations would have the First Wookie STFU, shop at Walmart and stay in her gov’t funded housing waiting for her EBT to be recharged at the first of the month.
A budget...something Moochelle knows nothing about. And no, Michelle, I'm not taking back the box of Whoppers or Cadbury Creme Eggs I bought at Walmart's yesterday.
It is my moral duty to never darken their door again.
This con artist is telling people about WHO has a moral obligation to the country?
She is filthy.
OK, Walmart will stock it but will the people buy it?
Nice of Michelle to impose her moral code on others - who said the age of judgmentalism is dead???.....
Don’t shop at Wallmart so won’t have to eat or drink that crap!
Listening to Moochelle talking about somebody else’ “moral obligation” is vomit-inducing.
someone needs to muzzle the first wookie. seriously. wtf business is it of hers? NO BUSINESS.
When is this witch going to stop lecturing us?
She’s as bad as Nurse Bloomberg.
I have a hunch momma Obama is gearing up to run for president in 2016 (they are enjoying the perks of the WH too much to leave).
Of course she will have to beat Hillary and as such is attempting to befriend Hillary’s power base, Walmart.
Michelle Obama does not define morality.
Also, didn’t Michelle Obama shove the poor off onto other hospitals in her “job” in Chicago? How moral is that behavior?
I like when she said that she thought “liquor stores should stock MORE fruits and vegetables”. WHAT!!!!!
I have not been in a large number of liquor stores but I don’t recall seeing ANY fruits and vegetables in ANY of them!
Silly me. As a store, I thought their “moral obligations” began and ended with stocking stuff their customers wanted. These statist assholes really piss me off when they can’t shake the idea of behavior modification going bass ackwards! As customers/citizens it is WE who should be modifying THEIR behavior as stores and as governments, not the other way around.