Contributed article by Shauna Sadowski, GreenBiz
Shauna Sadowski is head of sustainability for the Natural & Organic Operating Unit at General Mills.
General Mills is elevating the importance of farmers and regenerative agricultural practices with several initiatives underway, including:
- Providing more than $4 million to organizations who are advancing soil health.
- Supporting education and one-on-one farmer coaching through a $650,000 grant that will conduct soil health workshops and three-year regenerative management programs with farmers.
- Collaborating with farmers in our supply chains to support regenerative practices: Annie’s partners with a community of farmers in Montana for its products, highlighting farmers’ regenerative practices on the box to connect eaters to farmers. EPIC is collaborating with the Savory Institute to build the market for regenerative meat through the Ecological Outcomes Verification program. Cascadian Farm supports the development of Kernza, a perennial wheat strain whose roots show great promise in sequestering more carbon.
Developing a holistic, inclusive and outcomes-based approach to regenerative agriculture means inviting all types of farmers to the conversation and prioritizing impact measurements at the farm-level. We recognize that farmers are critical to advancing this work, and we want to do what we can to support them and advance their regenerative practices. Read the entire article here.
Additional Recommended Reading
Soil matters more than you think, by Shauna Sadowski
Image Credit: Annie’s
- Big Food turning to regenerative agriculture to meet sustainability goals, Food Dive
- Nebraskans talk extreme weather. Just don’t call it climate change, Christian Science Monitor
Nebraska Regenerative Agriculture Resources
LB 243, to create a Healthy Soils Task Force, was passed by the Nebraska Legislature on April 11, 2019 by a vote of 43 to 0 and signed by Governor Ricketts on April 18th.