Walmart and PepsiCo Collaborate On Regenerative Agriculture

Walmart and PepsiCo have announced a seven-year collaboration to bring regenerative agriculture to more than two million acres of farmland....
Walmart and PepsiCo Collaborate On Regenerative Agriculture
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  • Walmart and PepsiCo have announced a seven-year collaboration to bring regenerative agriculture to more than two million acres of farmland.

    Regenerative agriculture involves improving soil health and water quality, as well as protecting the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The companies tout the impressive gains that can come from regenerative agriculture:

    PepsiCo and Walmart today announced a 7-year collaboration to pursue $120 million worth of investments focused on supporting U.S. and Canadian farmers in their pursuit to improve soil health and water quality. By establishing and scaling financial, agronomic and social programs, it aims to enable and accelerate the adoption of regenerative agriculture practices on more than 2 million acres of farmland and deliver approximately 4 million metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions and removals by 2030 – roughly equivalent to the amount of electricity needed to power 778,300 homes for one year.

    Rather than a one-size-fits-all endeavor, the two companies are taking a pragmatic approach, with the program being voluntary and offering farmers flexible options.

    “Successful sustainability starts and ends with trust. At PepsiCo, we work very hard to earn the trust of the farmer so they understand that we are investing in their legacy, and they can hand their farm down to the next generation,” said Jim Andrew, Chief Sustainability Officer, PepsiCo. “Farmers know their business better than anyone else, and what we hear from them is that for regenerative agriculture to make business sense, three things need to happen. They need economic support, social and cultural support, and agronomic support. This strategic collaboration with Walmart will advance our shared goal to have farmers’ backs as they transform farming in a way that benefits the planet and people.”

    “At Walmart, our sustainability strategy is built to make the everyday choice the sustainable choice for our customers,” said Jane Ewing, Senior Vice President for sustainability at Walmart. “This collaboration with PepsiCo is a great example of how we are prioritizing the expansion of regenerative agricultural practices among farmers across North America so that we can continue to make quality products affordable and accessible for customers. This collaboration aims to help elevate farmer livelihoods, engage them on how to more sustainably manage soil health, increase yields and create a model that others can mimic across other product categories, including encouraging additional investments in regenerative agriculture by other brands.”

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