Every bite of the foods you love could have a positive impact on the earth. How we grow food can help restore natural resources, help address climate change and its effects on our communities, so General Mills has committed to advancing regenerative agriculture on 1 million acres by 2030.
Program aims to advance adoption of regenerative agriculture practices and improve overall water quality in key watershed
MINNEAPOLIS, January 28, 2020 /3BL Media/ – General Mills has launched a regenerative agriculture pilot with farmers in Kansas’ Cheney Reservoir watershed which provides water to more than 400,000 Wichita residents. The company targeted this watershed in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to improve water quality as part of the state-wide Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy. The 3-year pilot is comprised of 24 wheat growers in and around the 650,000-acre watershed where more than ninety-nine percent of the land is used for agricultural purposes.
Building on our longstanding commitment to organic agriculture, we’re helping advance regenerative farming practices that build soil health, foster biodiversity, and promote resilient farming communities.
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Up to 1/3 of global greenhouse gas emissions stems from the food system, an estimated 80% of which comes from agriculture.
A similar story plays out across our General Mills value chain: 50% of our greenhouse gas footprint comes from agriculture. As a food company, our biggest opportunity for positive impact lies at the farm level of our supply chain.
Our commitment to advance regenerative agriculture on 1 million acres by 2030 builds on decades of work by employees past and present to prioritize the people and places growing our ingredients.
Some General Mills employees recently got an up-close look at what it means to practice regenerative agriculture, and it didn’t happen from their desks.
Nearly 50 employees from our Foundation, Sustainability, Sourcing, Snack and Cereal teams traveled to Stoney Creek Farm in Redwood Falls, Minnesota. There, they met the Breitkreutz family – leaders in the regenerative agriculture movement – who shared the lessons, challenges and successes on their journey from conventional to regenerative farming.
At General Mills, chief sustainability officer Jerry Lynch is working with organizations that have direct relationships with oat and wheat farmers in the northern Great Plains to help the company meet its goal of reducing overall greenhouse gas emissions 28% by 2025. Almost half of the company’s carbon footprint, and 99% of its water footprint, comes from agriculture, Lynch says.
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For most of us, dirt is little more than an inconvenience. It ruins our shoes, musses our cars and seems omnipresent on our hardwood floors. Rarely do we appreciate dirt for what it really is—the foundation of all life on Earth.
More than 95 percent of the food we eat depends on a mere 6 inches of topsoil. Soil not only provides us food, but it also purifies our water and acts as a natural carbon sink.