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A Global Passion for Fighting Hunger

by Claudine Galloway
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Picture this: It was a brisk, sunny January day in Davos, Switzerland in 2007. Ken Powell, former CEO of General Mills, was attending the World Economic Forum when Kofi Annan, then Secretary-General of the United Nations, challenged Powell and General Mills to help the world’s hungry.

Powell’s answer, ultimately, was to harness what we knew about food and connect with Africa’s small and growing food companies across Africa.

Our food knowledge is deep and wide, and includes solving technical problems, ensuring food safety and developing products.

Food Waste Documentary Highlights Solutions

by Mollie Wulff
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Because of innovative work we are doing at our Murfreesboro, Tennessee, plant,  General Mills was invited to be included in “WASTED! The Story of Food Waste,” a documentary making its debut in theaters and online today.

The film helps shed new light on what is food and what is garbage. Every year, one-third of the food grown worldwide never reaches a plate and 1.3 billion tons of food is thrown out. That’s $218 billion worth of food produced for human consumption that never gets eaten.

On Track to Sustainably Source Oats

by John Wiebold
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Our beloved Cheerios were named Cheeri-Oats when they launched in 1941. So you know that oats have been at the core of our business for a long time. Dating back to 1928, in fact.

Today, nearly four years into our commitment to sustainably source our ingredients, we are well on our way – particularly with oats.

You Grow, Girl!: Leslie Turner

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Editor’s note: This is the third in our “You Grow, Girl!” series highlighting female farmers – from the northern reaches of Canada, to the heartland of the U.S., to the western coast of Africa, to the rolling hills of France and beyond. The series aims to amplify the voice of female farmers who play vital roles in helping farms thrive. These amazing women nurture their families and fields. Here, they share their unique perspectives on food, family and farming. 

by Mollie Wulff
Blog

Editor’s note: This is the third in our “You Grow, Girl!” series highlighting female farmers – from the northern reaches of Canada, to the heartland of the U.S., to the western coast of Africa, to the rolling hills of France and beyond. The series aims to amplify the voice of female farmers who play vital roles in helping farms thrive. These amazing women nurture their families and fields. Here, they share their unique perspectives on food, family and farming. 

Addressing Climate: What's the Big Deal?

by Catherine Gunsbury
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Last week marked the opening of the 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly in New York. It was also the 7th Annual Climate Week NYC, a gathering of business, NGO and government leaders who are working towards solutions that help to slow global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius.

This year, I was home in Minneapolis during Climate Week. Two years ago, I was in Midtown Manhattan, right in the thick of UN Climate Week events.  

You Grow, Girl!: Haley Ostberg

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Editor’s note: This is the second post in a series highlighting female farmers around the globe – from the northern reaches of Canada, to the heartland of the U.S., to the western coast of Africa, to the rolling hills of France and beyond. The series aims to amplify the voice of female farmers who play vital roles in helping farms thrive. These amazing women nurture their families and fields. Here, they share their unique perspectives on food, family and farming. We hope that you enjoy their stories as much as we have enjoyed unearthing them.

by Mollie Wulff
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Editor’s note: This is the second post in a series highlighting female farmers around the globe – from the northern reaches of Canada, to the heartland of the U.S., to the western coast of Africa, to the rolling hills of France and beyond. The series aims to amplify the voice of female farmers who play vital roles in helping farms thrive. These amazing women nurture their families and fields. Here, they share their unique perspectives on food, family and farming. We hope that you enjoy their stories as much as we have enjoyed unearthing them.

Feeding Ourselves Thirsty Report – Water Stewardship Work Recognized

by Jeff Hanratty
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Water stewardship is an integral part of General Mills' efforts to continually reduce the environmental impact of our operations, including the impact that occurs upstream of our own facilities.

Agriculture uses 70 percent of global freshwater withdrawals; therefore, General Mills has made it a priority to see that collaborative watershed protection plans are developed in regions where the company’s footprint intersects high water risk.

Spurring Nutrition for Children in India

by Claudine Galloway
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Malnutrition is India’s silent crisis.

About 20 percent of India’s population lives on less than US$1.90 a day, according to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

General Mills works to advance nutrition wellness in India through unique partnerships with global and local nonprofits, starting with the country’s school meal programs. For school children, a nourishing daily meal can make a remarkable difference.

North Market is More Than a Grocery Store

by Claudine Galloway
Blog

Imagine bringing your groceries home in a wheeled suitcase. That’s what the self-proclaimed “luggage club,” a group of senior citizens in north Minneapolis, use to transport their groceries after their 20-minute bus rides to the nearest grocery store.

They’re buying food staples intended to last two weeks.

Why? Because it’s a lot easier to tow groceries in a suitcase than to lug multiple bags of groceries in paper or plastic.

General Mills Foundation & North Market

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Building a bridge between healthy food access, health care and the community is the goal of North Market in Minneapolis and the General Mills Foundation. The North Market is a grocery store innovation that will change the community.

Learn more about the North Market here.

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