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General Mills Announces Regenerative Land-Use Goal: 1 Million Acres by 2030

By Kristen Leigh Painter
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General Mills committed Monday to expanding regenerative agriculture practices by 2030 on one million acres of land used to source its food ingredients. The Golden Valley-based food company is starting with oats grown in the U.S. Northern Plains and southern provinces of Canada, and will partner with both organic and conventional farmers and suppliers of wheat, corn and sugar beets over the next decade. The commitment includes at $500,000 grant to Kiss the Ground, a nonprofit organization that conducts on-farm training programs for growers implementing the practices.

Montana Teen Digs Healthy Soil

By Claudine Galloway
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Editor’s note: This is the latest 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.

BAT’s 2018 Sustainability Report Underlines Group’s Commitment to Transforming Tobacco

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British American Tobacco (BAT) has published on 15 March its 2018 Sustainability Report. The Report outlines the Group’s work and progress across its three strategic focus areas of harm reduction, sustainable agriculture and farmer livelihoods, and corporate behaviour.

March  19, 2019 - Now in BAT’s 17th year of sustainability reporting, this report details how BAT is championing change in its business and industry and is transforming tobacco to create shared value for its consumers and stakeholders across the value chain.

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General Mills to Advance Regenerative Agriculture Practices on One Million Acres of Farmland by 2030

Long-term company efforts are focused on addressing soil health, biodiversity, farmer economic resilience and climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions
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MINNEAPOLIS,  March 4, 2019 /3BL Media/ — General Mills today announced its commitment to advance regenerative agriculture practices on one million acres of farmland by 2030. The Company will partner with organic and conventional farmers, suppliers and trusted farm advisors in key growing regions to drive the adoption of regenerative agriculture practices. A contributor to climate change, it is estimated that the global food system accounts for roughly one-third of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and 70 percent of water consumption.

Smithfield Foods Achieves Industry-Leading Environmental Commitment by Engaging Grain Supply Chain in Sustainable Farming Practices

Company exceeds goal by sourcing 80 percent of grain from farmers who utilize practices that reduce fertilizer loss and improve soils
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SMITHFIELD, Va., February 25, 2019 /3BL Media/ - Smithfield Foods, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has successfully engaged 80 percent of its grain supply chain, which is used to feed the company’s hogs, in farming practices that are both sustainable and reduce the cost of production for grain farmers. This exceeded the company’s original goal of 75 percent. In 2018, Smithfield purchased grain from producers who use efficient fertilizer and soil health methods across approximately 560,000 acres of land.

Why Soil Health Matters for Food and Beverage Businesses

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This article series is underwritten by General Mills and went through our normal editorial review process. 

When I speak about our work in soil health, I will often see a head tilt with a questioning look. Why would a food company have any interest in soil? That’s when I take a step back and share that 99 percent of our food comes from the soil. Being a food company, the connection is instantaneously made.

Jim Knutzon Takes the Reins of SCS Global Services’ Food and Agriculture Division

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EMERYVILLE, Calif., January 7, 2018 /3BL Media/– Sustainable agriculture veteran Jim Knutzon has assumed oversight of SCS Global Services’ industry-leading food and agriculture services division. This division provides a wide array of third-party certification, standards development and consulting services, addressing the food safety, sustainability, and quality needs of the entire value chain, including food and fiber producers, manufacturers, handlers, retailers and consumers around the world.

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