USA – General Mills, An American multinational manufacturer, has announced its plans to slash dairy emissions by 40% by 2030 through a series of innovative initiatives outlined in its Climate Transition Action Plan.

The plan includes measures such as manure management, rotational grazing, feed optimization, and cow health initiatives aimed at curbing emissions from its dairy supply chain.

Already making significant strides, General Mills reported that it is over halfway towards its goal of enrolling 1 million acres in its regenerative agriculture plan, a commitment it made back in 2019.

With over 500,000 acres enrolled as of its 2023 fiscal year, the company is well on track to meet this target.

This regenerative agriculture goal is part of General Mills’ broader initiative to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and reduce its carbon footprint by 30% by 2030.

The company has already made progress, having decreased its emissions by 7% based on a 2020 baseline, as stated in the report.

Facing mounting pressure from activist groups and shareholders, General Mills is doubling down on its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint by enhancing its existing operations before the decade’s end.

This commitment extends beyond dairy emissions to include shifts in transportation, energy, and packaging practices. Notably, the company sources 97% of its electricity from renewable sources and aims to reach 100% by 2030.

Furthermore, General Mills has pledged to eliminate deforestation from its palm, cocoa, and fiber supply chains by next year as part of its net-zero carbon footprint goal.

The company’s advancements in regenerative agriculture have been bolstered by partnerships, including one with Walmart to accelerate the adoption of regenerative practices across 600,000 acres of land.

This initiative funds projects with producers in states like Colorado, Nebraska, and Oklahoma, focusing on harvesting wheat and other crops sustainably.

In its report, General Mills defines regenerative agriculture as a holistic approach aimed at strengthening ecosystems and community resilience by capturing carbon from the atmosphere and sequestering it in soil.

The company believes that this strategy, developed in collaboration with farmers, is crucial in achieving tangible outcomes and lowering its carbon footprint within an achievable timeframe.

While regenerative agriculture is lauded by many sustainability activists, some critics express concerns about the lack of cohesion around the practices.

Nonetheless, General Mills remains steadfast in its belief that regenerative agriculture offers a viable and immediate path towards sustainability in the food and beverage industry.

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