Pollinators and biodiversity
Agriculture depends on honeybees and native pollinators.
General Mills has invested more than US$4 million since 2011 to support pollinator and biodiversity efforts.
Many of our products contain honey, fruits, vegetables and other ingredients that require pollination, so healthy and abundant bee populations are a priority for General Mills.
Unfortunately, honeybees, wild bees and other native pollinators are at risk.
At General Mills, our holistic approach to sustainable agriculture includes reducing environmental impacts and improving the overall value chain. For example:
- We support biodiversity through our sustainable sourcing practices.
- We collaborate with leading researchers and conservationists to improve the health and quantity of pollinators.
- We fund research to better understand the decline of honeybees, invest to conserve and expand bee habitats, and work with our suppliers to improve the health and effectiveness of bees as pollinators of almonds and tomatoes.
Integrated pest management
Integrated pest management (IPM) is another component of our broader focus on sustainable agriculture.
General Mills is extending our partnership with the Xerces Society and working with them to consolidate and disseminate guidance to growers of key commodities, such as corn and soy, on how to protect and minimize the impact of neonicotinoids and other pesticides to pollinators.
This work is in progress, and an action plan will be developed in 2017.