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Bees Help Grow Over 35 Percent of Our Food Crops. Meet the Woman Trying to Save Them.

Beth Robertson-Martin and General Mills are working to protect pollinators—and our food supply.
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By Jane Black

One June day in 2014, Beth Robertson-Martin found herself standing on a dirt road dividing two California tomato fields. On one side sat a farm that was nothing more than a 300-acre carpet of dried-out dirt. "It looked like a scene from Mad Max," she remembers. "Everything was dead." On the other side was a 6-foot-tall hedgerow, a tangle of white-blossomed milkweed, sunflowers and elderberry bushes that General Mills had planted alongside the tomatoes to create a habitat for bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

General Mills Brings Pollinator Conservation, Education to Brazil

By Daniel Teles
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Did you know that bee extinction could end life on earth? Without pollination from bees, the world’s food production would be completely compromised and negatively impact the ecosystem, agriculture and food production for humans.

General Mills' 2019 Global Volunteer Week Sees Record Engagement Worldwide

Nearly 4,000 General Mills employees dedicated more than 6,637 volunteer hours
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A record 3,937 General Mills employees participated in our 10th annual Global Volunteer Week, including employees from 46 locations (including 17 countries). In total, our employees dedicated more than 6,637 volunteer hours, which included positively impacting the environment, supporting hunger relief efforts, and helping our furry friends at animal rescue organizations.

Annie’s Cereal Package Uses Recycled Plastic, but It’s the Consumer Messaging That Wins for Innovation

The company's new effort is intended to encourage participation by consumers in the recycling process.
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By Rachel Cernansky

Recycling rates in the U.S. are dismal, and Patrick Keenan, principal engineer - Annie’s packaging R&D, said the company wanted to help fix that.

“What we wanted to do was figure out a way to create value for the recycling collection process, which would then drive up the recovery rates and the access for consumers,” he said. “One way was by including recycled content in our packaging.”

How Regenerative Land and Livestock Management Practices Can Sequester Carbon

By Shauna Sadowski, Head of Sustainability | Natural & Organic Operations, General Mills
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In 2016, I travelled to Bluffton, Georgia, to visit Will Harris of White Oak Pastures to learn more about his farm which provides beef to our General Mills’ brand, EPIC Provisions. Harris runs a multi-species ranching operation with over 100,000 animals on 3,000 acres of open pastures and tree-lined corridors. His diversified farm starkly contrasts to neighboring fields that specialize in single crops such as cotton, peanuts or corn.

An Innovative App Helps Minnesota Companies Get Leftover Food to People in Need

Across the metro, the app is helping boost the number of companies able to find a home for extra food.
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By Kelly Smith

The city of Minneapolis recently launched a new program working with local companies and restaurants to box up leftovers and drop them off at nonprofits such as Pillsbury United Communities, which feeds people at their dining sites and food shelves. Nearby, the nonprofit Loaves & Fishes started a pilot program five years ago with Best Buy that’s grown to include 19 businesses — from big corporations like Medtronic to smaller ones like Wuollet Bakery — all of which donate surplus food to feed the hungry.

General Mills Honored as 2019 Halo Award Winner

General Mills was named the 2019 Gold Halo Award winner in the ‘Best Employee Engagement-Skilled Volunteering Initiative’ category
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MINNEAPOLIS, June 4, 2019 /3BL Media/ – General Mills was named the 2019 Gold Halo Award winner in the category of Best Employee Engagement-Skilled Volunteering Initiative for its founding partnership and continued impact to support African food companies through Partners in Food Solutions (PFS). 

General Mills founded PFS in 2008 as an employee volunteer program within the company to address one of the world’s greatest challenges – chronic food insecurity in Africa – in a new and lasting way.

General Mills Foundation | FareShare Food Partner

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At FareShare, we can’t do anything without the generosity of our supporters.

One such partner – the General Mills Foundation has been a vital supporter in helping FareShare to considerably scale up the amount of food we redistribute to charities and community groups throughout the UK.

Fortifying Futures for Children in India

By Claudine Galloway
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In India, a country with more than 1.2 billion people, one in every three children is malnourished.

If you do the math, that’s 46 million kids exhibiting symptoms of malnourishment, such as anemia and stunted growth.

We’re working to reduce these numbers and help kids in India through our philanthropy at General Mills. And we know school meals are one of the most effective ways to ensure children have a healthy start to life.

Siblings on a Mission to Reduce Food Waste Earn $50,000

By Laura Knutson
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General Mills is proud to announce the winner of our second 2019 Feeding Better Futures Scholars Program (cue the drumroll, please) …

Ugo and Emma Angeletti!

With a mission to end food waste, Ugo developed back2earth, a nonprofit organization that picks up organic waste – think eggshells, coffee grounds and fruit rinds – and converts it into compost that’s good for the soil.

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