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Forbes And JUST Capital Release JUST 100 Ranking Of America's Most Just Companies

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General Mills ranked #61 out of 875 companies total, also placing the company on the Just 100 list, and ranked #3 out of 34 in the food and beverage industry.

General Mills scored highest in Communities, based on charitable contributions, work at the origin-level in sustainable sourcing and the company's human rights program.

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General Mills ranked #61 out of 875 companies total, also placing the company on the Just 100 list, and ranked #3 out of 34 in the food and beverage industry.

General Mills scored highest in Communities, based on charitable contributions, work at the origin-level in sustainable sourcing and the company's human rights program.

World Soil Day: Reflecting on Soil Health’s Growing Recognition

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Today, on World Soil Day, I reflect on my years growing up in agriculture. My family’s dairy farm relied on our precious soil to grow the feed for the cows and keep us in business year after year. This was not easy in South Eastern Wisconsin, due to our heavy, clay soils, highly erodible hills and lots of lake effect rain when we needed it the least, during the spring and fall. As farmers, we knew we had to continuously adapt and protect against risks to our farm – and this meant protecting our soil.

General Mills Foundation & Second Harvest Heartland

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Quick delivery of excess fresh produce to people in need is crucial. The General Mills Foundation and Second Harvest are making healthy happen for nearly 1,000 food shelves, pantries and other partner programs.

Click here to learn more about Second Harvest Heartland

Could Perennial Grains Be the Next Climate-Saving Superstars?

By RP Siegel
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A new cereal grain more than 40 years in the making is finding its way into the marketplace in several forms, including a new product from food giant General Mills. Some believe it carries the promise of a whole new type of staple crop — one that requires minimal plowing, fertilizers or pesticides — that also could become a weapon in the battle against climate change.

The Power of Bee Farming for African Women

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Editor’s note: This is the fourth post in our “You Grow, Girl!” series highlighting female farmers – from the northern reaches of Canada to the heartland of the U.S. From the western coast of Africa to the rolling hills of France and beyond. The series amplifies the voices of female farmers, who play vital roles in agriculture worldwide. Here, they share their unique perspectives on food, family and farming. (All photos in this post are courtesy of Mel-O Africa Ltd.)

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Editor’s note: This is the fourth post in our “You Grow, Girl!” series highlighting female farmers – from the northern reaches of Canada to the heartland of the U.S. From the western coast of Africa to the rolling hills of France and beyond. The series amplifies the voices of female farmers, who play vital roles in agriculture worldwide. Here, they share their unique perspectives on food, family and farming. (All photos in this post are courtesy of Mel-O Africa Ltd.)

General Mills Signs on to World Cocoa Foundation's Joint Frameworks for Action to Combat Deforestation

Commitment will accelerate preservation and rehabilitation of forests in Cote d'Ivoire & Ghana
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MINNEAPOLIS, November 16, 2017 /3BL Media/ - General Mills joins leading companies in an agreement to end deforestation, protect national parks from illegal cocoa production and develop alternative livelihoods for affected smallholder farmers in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana. The two countries produce nearly two-thirds of the world’s annual supply of cocoa. The far-reaching joint Frameworks for Action, led by the World Cocoa Foundation, was announced today at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany.

From the Field: New Meadow Blooms at Cascadian Farm

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Nestled in the foothills of the breathtaking North Cascades mountain range in western Washington’s Upper Skagit Valley, Cascadian Farm is now even more beautiful with the addition of a showy new meadow. Working with farm director Ashley Minnerath and farmer Clay Godbolt, Xerces designed the 1/4 acre meadow and site preparation process using only organic practices. The meadow is a welcome addition to the farm, attracting pollinators to the meadow and the adjacent blueberry crops. Also nearby is an ice cream stand – right in front of the meadow!

How Soil Sparked a New Sustainable Ag Movement

By Steven Rosenzweig
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For three weeks every month, Ray Archuleta captivates audiences with a few handfuls of soil. He begins with two clumps, dropping them into water. The soil from a farm where the soil isn’t tilled holds together, while the tilled soil immediately disperses, indicating poor soil structure. Next, volunteers from the audience — mostly farmers and ranchers — pour water over a soil that grew a variety of crops, and it runs right through.

Soil Matters More Than You Think

By Shauna Sadowski
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As I walked through the verdant fields filled with a dazzling array of sorghum, hairy vetch, daikon radish, collards, cowpeas, clover, millet, kale, and other crops, I was struck by how different this field looked relative to so many other farms I've walked over the years. When we conducted a spade test, digging out a section of the soil with a simple tool, it revealed heavily clumped, rich brown matter with visible earthworms: soil life.

Healthier Soil, Better Climate?

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Organic food is growing in popularity. We can almost predict what’s next: “Regenerative agriculture.”

It’s a holistic approach to farming that could, among other things, halt and even reverse some of the food system’s contribution to climate change.

Here’s how it works:

One of the places carbon is naturally stored is in soil. When soil becomes depleted by certain farming practices, such as tilling, so does its carbon bank. When soil can’t store carbon, more carbon lives in the air and becomes a greenhouse gas that’s harmful to the environment.

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