Walton Family Foundation Dumped $91.4 Million Into Greenwashing in 2012: Walmarting the Rivers and Oceans

smiley fishermanWalmart has been in the headlines in recent weeks after the retailer announced plans to keep its stores open this Thanksgiving, forcing Walmart employees to cancel many of their holiday plans. Walmart, the country’s largest retailer and employer, makes more than $17 billion in profits annually, so it has a lot of money to dump into “environmental” groups that serve its agenda of privatization of the public trust. The wealth of the Walton family totals over $144.7 billion – equal to that of 42% of Americans. must read [email protected]  17:22

  • Eric

    I have some middle school debaters use this page for research. Could you please change the picture for this story to something more professional? Thank you.

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      Eric, when I chose the graphic for this post, I decided I wanted to feature something edgy, and possibly controversial. I did not consider that middle school children would be utilizing the website.

      That said, the issues and articles posted here are geared towards commercial fishermen, and other supporting industries that are losing their jobs, livelihoods, houses, identity, communities, and traditions, because of the willingness of a certain type of individual that is willing to abandon principle for the all mighty Walton Foundation dollar.

      Instead of removing the graphic, I decided that I would ad a photo of the last fisherman that will be left standing. How you explain that will be up to you. I’d mention that Walmart will be having a finger puppet sale of the Man at the Wheel.

  • Eric

    Thank you for your flexibility. We enjoy the evidence that we get from this page and intend on using our debates to draw attention to different plights that face the fishing industry.

    • – Moderator

      I’m very interested in what you have going on with the young people Eric, and I’m interested in hearing more about it, including from the students.

  • Jim Kendall

    Ed, I’m glad that you followed up on Eric’s request. We need to realize that we need to be more considerate that many others who are not as well versed in our problems may be looking in to learn where the truth really lies. (strange way of putting it ;-) ) I’m glad that someone pointed those middle school debaters to this site for their research, as it is one of the most comprehensive references on fishing available.

    Thanks to both of you for making it resolvable, too bad we can’t do more like this, as easily.

    Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!
    Jim
    JMK-NBSC

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      As you know, Jim, I’ve had Walton Foundation issues on my priority list for quite awhile. Most of us have.
      Dan Bauchers article was like a breeze rekindling the embers.

      Not that this site could be compared to Time, or Rolling Stone, or any other media that is there for the public, I wanted an image that would reflect outrage, even at a cost.

      I wanted people from EDF, Pew, Walmart, anyone aligned to the destruction in their wake to look at an iconic image that was at one time a sign of “Satisfaction Guaranteed” for Sam Walton’s customers, with a twist of perversion, which is our reality from privatization, to MPA’s. Not mentioning the Big Box reality to the rest of the country.

      When Walmart refused to sell Alaska Salmon in its stores without the MSC label, but was willing to sell that same salmon in Brazil, purchased through a third party buyer, along with learning from Stolpe, Walmart bank rolled MSC, I got a little agitated. Again.

      Truthfully, the censored smiley is even more provocative.

      Marry Christmas, Jim.

  • Dick Grachek

    Ditto what Jim said…

  • Dick Grachek

    “…repeated and well founded complaints shall not fail of a hearing” I Ching pg. 192, Wilhelm Baynes trans., Hexagram #49

    Naïveté fosters the fear of being a conspiracy theory paranoiac. This article by Dan Bacher about Walmart’s influence is one of the reasons why I don’t ascribe to the Conspiracy Theory Paranoiac paranoia.

    There are such things as conspiracies; however, when a conspiratorial scheme is hatched in a corporate boardroom, it is called a “long term business strategy” to secure future profit margins and stock valuations.

    The corporate schemers and their minions are cleverly and diligently at work behind the scenes stoking the anti-fishing campaigns; and they would like very much to keep alive the fear of looking foolish when calling out their more outrageous and flagrant waves of misinformation. Sometimes, though, the emperor is NAKED! It just takes a courageous little boy to not worry and point out the “fine suit of clothes” conspiracy.

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      I listened in on the SBA presentation for NE fishermen a week or so ago, Dick.

      The requirements to receive funding include reasonable collateral. What better collateral could there be than a fishing permit that is allocated a specific amount of quota?

      In NE that quota is not worth much because of the circumstances created by our government, which include a number of EDF insiders working NOAA/NMFS from the inside like Fred Krupp said was the goal.

      So. If a person qualifies for a loan, and can’t pay it back, what happens to the collateral (permit)?

      The government will sell it to recoup its losses. But to whom?

      It would be someone with the deepest pockets.

      The World Bank?

      Even the so called winners have been set up to lose it all, and these ENGO Noblemen of the Aristocracy, the EDF’s Nature Conservancy’s, and all the rest have put it in motion.

  • jj

    So many reasons to boycott Walmart…..

  • STRIPEDBASSHOLE

    Do a little research and discover Walmart’s true CRUSADE. They’re creating CHAOS CLOAKED in TRUST FUNDS for their HEIRS that save and make them BILLIONS.
    The Trust do hand out tons of Money, but they are structured to shield them from Taxes on both ends. The initial RIGHT OFF then the MONEY grows while its gradually handed out. The Trusts establish a certain payout for a certain amount of time. After the Trust runs it cycle the remaining Money is returned to the Heirs TAX FREE and it’s usually a larger amount then the initial Trust started out at. Huffington did a write up about it.
    Remember they control their prices by outsourcing then hire part-time so they don’t have to pay benefits that’s were WE and the U.S. Government come in.