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Bayer Expands Industry-leading Digital Farming Platform in Argentina

Press Release

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina / MONHEIM, Germany, July 15, 2019 /3BL Media/ - The agriculture industry’s leading digital farming platform, Climate FieldView, has commercially launched in Argentina for the upcoming growing season. Already widely adopted globally, FieldView™ is transforming the way farmers manage their operations with data-driven, digital tools.

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.

Soil4Climate: To Meat or Not To Meat?

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To meat or not to meat? That is the question. Recent innovations in lab-grown meats seem to be making non-meat burgers and tacos a tastier option than they have ever been. But are these products too good to be true? And are non-meat alternatives always more ecologically responsible than actual meat? This week’s guests on Sea Change Radio have some thoughts on the matter. We speak with the co-founders of Soil4Climate, Seth Itzkan and Karl Thidemann, about the mission of their organization.

Meet Adam Lassiter, Agronomist for Smithfield Foods

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Meet Adam Lassiter, agronomist for Smithfield Foods. Adam takes pride in working with farmers to sustainably produce grain for Smithfield’s hogs. To date, Smithfield has helped hundreds of grain farmers implement conservation practices in the Southeast and Midwest.

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.

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.

VIDEO | Environment: Smithfield Foods Sustainability Report

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Smithfield Foods is reducing its environmental footprint while expanding operations to feed the world’s growing population.

A Nature-Based Approach to Climate Change

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The Wellness Economy is one of the biggest industries today as many are looking for solutions to manage health and well-being. Pollution, manufactured goods, and other pressures are among some of the factors driving people to consider simpler, more natural options. Those same stresses are also impacting the health of the planet – so why not invest in the same type of care for the environment?

The Newest Food Trend Is in the Ground

Food companies’ sustainability goals hinge on soil health
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By Melody M. Bomgardner

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.

‘Last 10% is always the hardest’: Inside General Mills’ push for sourcing, agriculture and communities

By Kristine Sherred
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According to its 2019 Global Responsibility Report, the Minneapolis, Minnesota-based company sources 85% of its top ten ingredients in responsible ways.

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