Grasslands

World Wildlife Fund Joins the Walmart Foundation, Cargill, McDonald's to Launch Million-Acre Grazing Initiative to Help Restore Grasslands, Address Climate Change

The initiative will scale up sustainable cattle grazing and connect ranchers across Montana, Nebraska and South Dakota to help preserve grasslands, improve soil health, support biodiversity and improve both producer and climate change resilience.
Press Release

WASHINGTON, September 22, 2020 /3BL Media/ — Cross-industry collaboration is crucial to meeting the global demand for protein while also addressing the urgency of climate change and nature loss. Responding to this challenge, today the Walmart Foundation, Cargill and McDonald’s are investing over $6 million in an initiative led by World Wildlife Fund that aims to make lasting improvements to the grasslands of the Northern Great Plains.

Loss of Great Plains Grasslands Puts Critical Ecosystems at Risk

2.5 Million Acres Converted to Cropland Between 2015 and 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, October 24, 2017 /3BL Media/ - The Great Plains lost about 2.5 million acres of previously intact grassland to crop production between 2015 and 2016, according to a new report from World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Across the US and Canada, the loss of grasslands undermines soil health and degrades water quality for downstream communities, while threatening iconic species, including songbirds and water-associated birds, and is driving the decline in the region’s native pollinators.

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