Regenerative Agriculture Gets a Boost From Danone North America
Regenerative agriculture is getting a stronger foothold in the mainstream market, as the Danone North America family of dairy brands sets out to accelerate the trend.
The company’s five-year demonstration program launched three years ago has tripled in size, covering over 80,000 acres in the U.S. and Canada.
Triple Pundit reports that Danone North America established itself as the largest public benefit corporation on Earth in 2018. At the same time, its parent company Danone is becoming a leader in sustainable food production.
“Regenerative agriculture is becoming known for its use in preserving soil health as well as building back depleted soil. It shares some characteristics with organic farming, though the two do not necessarily overlap completely. Of the 80,000-plus acres in Danone’s current program, the company says close to 30,000 acres of them are farmed organically as of December.”
Regenerative agriculture benefits both the environment and companies’ bottom line.
By improving soil health, regenerative and organic practices can improve yields, reduce the use of chemicals, increase biodiversity and improve the ability of soil to retain moisture.
Danone estimated that in three years, the program has avoided more than 80,000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent and sequestered more than 20,000 tons of carbon.
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