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Going All In for the Bees in France

by Ashley Halladay

You’re hearing more this week about the importance of bees and their impact on our global food supply because it’s National Pollinator Week.

I was in France over the last few days for two events to learn more and see what’s being done to protect pollinators.

The Bee Lab Takes On a Big Threat to Bees

by Claudine Galloway

People know how to protect themselves from disease, but what about bees?

Varroa mites are one of the most significant threats to honey bee health today.

If beekeepers do not manage their colonies to reduce mite levels, there is a 90 to 95 percent chance the colony will die within two years or sooner from the effects of the mites and the bee viruses they vector.

A Taste of General Mills Podcast: Protecting Pollinators

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The Xerces Society is on the forefront of protecting pollinators in the U.S. and we’re proud to partner with them. In this episode, you’ll hear about their mission from Eric Lee-Mäder, who co-directs the Xerces Society’s pollinator conservation program. And, you’ll find out how you can help, too. For more information, visit us at

SHOW NOTES – Episode 22: June 19, 2017

How an Almond Orchard Solved Its Need for Bees

by Mollie Wulff

More than 80 percent of the almonds sold worldwide are grown in California. The state also is home to one of the best examples that we know for creating habitat for honey bees and other native pollinators needed for bountiful almond production.

Olam’s almond orchard, near Fresno, California, worked with the Xerces Society and General Mills to create nearly six miles of flowering hedgerows, as well as wildflowers and plants. Installed in 2014, it continues to provide a nutritious food supply for the pollinators who take up residence in and around the orchard.

Strengthening Food Security in the Developing World

by Madison Barre

One of the lessons I’ve learned as an employee at General Mills was that food security is not proprietary. Rather, it is our collective responsibility.

Everyone wants to ensure food is safe, accessible, nutritious, and available for all.

General Mills Continues Clean Energy Leadership; Signs Wind Power Agreement

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MINNEAPOLIS, June 8, 2017 /3BL Media/ – General Mills has taken another step toward its climate goal with the signing of a virtual 15-year power purchase agreement with Renewable Energy Systems (RES) for 100-megawatts (MW) of its Cactus Flats wind project. The wind project will produce renewable energy credits for General Mills that can be applied toward the company’s greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. During the peak of construction, the project will create about 250 jobs in the clean energy workforce.

Strengthening the World’s Largest School Meals Program

by Grant Moos

General Mills is reliving an important part of its history in school meals and fortification – but in an emerging market in a slightly different way.

The General Mills Foundation announced a two-year, $500,000 grant to the World Food Program (WFP) last month to advance a pilot program to fortify rice and other staples served daily at the mid-day meal in India to nearly 140,000 school children.

Protecting Worker Bees Around the World

by Florian Trohay

Every third bite we take of food is the work of pollinators. Yet increasing stress on bee hives and habitat impacts agriculture as earth’s population keeps growing.

The health of our food chain is at stake without the work of pollinators. As a food company, we rely on Mother Nature and her creatures to thrive.

A Sustainability Intrapraneurship Story at General Mills Canada: Jessica Kirshenblat-Gooderham

by Bmeaningful Editor

Jessica is the perfect example of a CSR intrapraneur- a sustainability leader creating change from within her company. When Jess started at General Mills as a sales rep almost a decade ago, there were no sustainability teams or green initiatives. Fast forward to today, Jess is the leader of a thriving employee-led team of sustainability minded professionals- a.k.a the General Mills Canada Sustainability Team. In our interview with Jessica, she not only shares how she came up with the idea, but also how she got it sold internally and tips for others looking to do the same.


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