Responsibility

Large scale agriculture

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We reviewed Idaho's Snake River watershed, which supports a key wheat growing region.

We shared the detailed analysis with those in the region.

We work with suppliers, growers and others to optimize use of natural resources to feed an expanding population.

“As an active member of Field to Market, General Mills is a leader not only in establishing ambitious environmental goals, but also in working with farmers and supply chain partners to spur innovation and improvements at the farm level.” – Rod Snyder, President, Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture

Now we are helping to fund a project to quantify the effectiveness of water conservation practices, such as variable-rate irrigation.

Workshops led by The Nature Conservancy help farmers reduce groundwater withdrawals in the upper and middle Snake regions and improve the sustainability of farming operations. 

Farmers use cover crops, no- or low-till farming, and wetland creation, to complement water conservation efforts. These practices also enhance soil health, wildlife habitat and water quality. 

The project brings together growers and corporations working in the area to address declining water levels and watershed health.

To help growers gather data on the impact of their farming practices in the U.S., we partner with our suppliers and Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture.

We have a similar partnership with Serecon in Canada.

The goal, of course, is to make large-scale agriculture sustainable.

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2016 Annual Report

150 years of growth 

Global Responsibility

2016 report