From Farm to Fork: Corporate responsibility in the food and agriculture business

In this series sponsored by General Mills, we’ll explore the many opportunities for food companies to invest in sustainability. From investing in farmer well-being, supporting soil health and organics, through operational efficiency and renewables investments in the factory, through nutrition and customer engagement, food companies touch our world. General Mills demonstrates a comprehensive sustainability program that touches on every part of its supply chain from farm to fork.

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Supply Chain & the Circular Economy

Breaking Down Local and National Efforts to Improve Food Security in the U.S.
Across the U.S., millions of people face penetrating physical, mental and emotional diminishment caused by systemic hunger.

Responsible Production & Consumption

From California to Central India: Implementing Water Stewardship at the Local Level
Jeff Hanratty, applied sustainability manager for General Mills, spoke with TriplePundit about the company’s efforts to identify and address key water risks related to agricultural production. He began by explaining how the organization created its focus on priority watersheds. Water is an extremely localized issue, and each geographic area has its own unique challenges that affect the quantity and quality of available freshwater. As a result, in 2016 General Mills analyzed 41 watersheds affecting its supply chain globally.

Responsible Production & Consumption

General Mills Brands Join to Improve Farming From the Ground Up
Can macaroni and cheese really revolutionize farming? What about beef jerky or frozen peas? If they are the result of brands combining their resources to promote regenerative agricultural practices, the answer could be yes.

Health & Healthcare

Technology Advancements Boost Traceability in the Food Sector
Beyond its critical role in food safety, traceability is also becoming increasingly important to meet consumer demand for more healthy food choices produced in ways less harmful to people and the environment. For consumers, traceability adds a layer of credibility to claims like non-GMO, organic, free range or “sustainably sourced.”

Health & Healthcare

Nutrition Labels Get a Makeover: Will It Make a Difference?
It’s been nearly 25 years since the FDA mandated that all food and beverage packaging carry the Nutrition Facts panel. Now, the ubiquitous label is up for a makeover.

Supply Chain & the Circular Economy

How General Mills Sustainably Sources Food Ingredients from Around the World
General Mills' director of global sustainability sourcing outlines the company's commitment to transparency, supply chain resiliency and sustainably sourcing priority ingredients by the end of 2020.

Sustainable Development Goals

Why Soil Health Matters for Food and Beverage Businesses
General Mills’ chief sustainability officer gives insight into how the company is reaping the benefits of its $3.25 million investment into healthy soil.

Sustainable Development Goals

Healthy Soil 101: Why Soil Health Matters and How the Food Sector Can Help
Beyond sustaining plant life—and the rest of the food chain along with it—soil itself is very much alive. One handful of dirt contains up to 50 billion bacteria and hundreds of thousands of individual fungal cells. As these microorganisms move through the soil, they feast on minerals and dead organic matter and leave nutrients behind, allowing plants to grow and ecosystems to thrive.

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Agriculture Means Sustaining More Young Farmers
According to some U.S. food industry observers, interest in small farms and sustainable agriculture is on the rise among young people.

Sustainable Development Goals

General Mills Works to Decouple Emissions from Business Growth
Global food company General Mills cut greenhouse gas emissions by 11 percent across its entire value chain from 2010 to 2017 while net sales rose 6 percent.
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