General Mills: Environmental Responsibility

General Mills: Environmental Responsibility

By setting goals that push the company to do more, we demonstrate leadership in establishing aggressive goals within the food industry. 

For example, because we set goals: 

  • General Mills burns oat hulls left over from the milling process to reduce one of our plant's carbon footprints by about 21 percent. 
  • We have an irrigation process that uses 50 percent less water than conventional furrow irrigation, and also reduces electricity and pesticide use. 

Our fact sheets contain these and other interesting details. 

Content from this campaign

The Challenges Facing Sustainable Agriculture
Kevin O’Donnell, director of sourcing and operations sustainability at General Mills, discusses the importance of implementing eco-friendly practices throughout the agriculture industry. Why is it important to involve sustainable practices in agriculture? As a global food company, we are reliant on the output of Mother Nature — through our ingredients that...
Mar 25, 2019 9:00 AM ET
General Mills Announces Regenerative Land-Use Goal: 1 Million Acres by 2030
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...
Mar 22, 2019 10:15 AM ET
General Mills Has a Plan to Regenerate 1 Million Acres of Farmland
By Eillie Anzilotti In 2014, the United Nations issued a warning to farmers: If they don’t change their agricultural practices, most of the soil they rely on to sustain their livelihoods will...
Mar 6, 2019 9:00 AM ET
New National Consortium Forms From Ecosystem Services Market Program; Executive Director Selected
RALEIGH, N.C., February 26, 2019 /3BL Media/ -- Today, ten private-sector companies and nonprofit organizations have announced their intent to join together to form the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC). The ESMC's Founding Circle is comprised of ...
Feb 26, 2019 1:00 PM ET
General Mills Promotes Focus on Soil Health
The food company asks farmers to emphasize diverse crop rotations, minimal tillage and keeping soil covered in plants
 People who eat Honey Nut Cheerios probably aren’t thinking about the health of agricultural soils as they stare at the cheerful bee on the cereal box. And moms who put granola bars in their daughters’...
Feb 7, 2019 8:05 AM ET