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

To Boldly Go to the Next New Frontier, Look Down
We support the recent Noble Research Institute announcement. To date, General Mills has invested almost $3 million to support soil health research and practices. Together with The Nature Conservancy, Soil Health Partnership, Soil Health Institute and other industry leaders, we are striving to implement practices on more than 50 percent of U.S. farmland. ...
Dec 18, 2017 12:00 PM ET
World Soil Day: Reflecting on Soil Health’s Growing Recognition
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...
Dec 5, 2017 8:15 AM ET
Could Perennial Grains Be the Next Climate-Saving Superstars?
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. This is not some...
Dec 4, 2017 9:00 AM ET
General Mills Deepens Investment in Soil Health With $735,000 Contribution to National Wheat Foundation
MINNEAPOLIS, November 30, 2017 /3BL Media/ - General Mills continues to invest in soil health practices on U.S. agricultural farmland with its latest contribution of $735,000 to the National Wheat Foundation who together with the Soil Health Partnership, will advance widespread adoption and implementation. The funds, equally distributed over the next three years, will be used to conduct soil...
Nov 30, 2017 12:15 PM ET
General Mills Signs on to World Cocoa Foundation's Joint Frameworks for Action to Combat Deforestation
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...
Nov 16, 2017 9:30 AM ET