General Mills sets ambitious goal for greenhouse gas cuts
Published 10:08 am Monday, August 31, 2015
GOLDEN VALLEY — General Mills has set an ambitious goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 28 percent by 2025 — not just within its own operations but from farm to fork to landfill.
CEO Ken Powell, in outlining the plan to The Associated Press ahead of the company’s official announcement Monday, said General Mills is compelled to act because climate change ultimately will be bad for business.
General Mills will invest more than $100 million in energy efficiency and clean energy within its own facilities worldwide, and partner with suppliers to foster more sustainable agricultural practices, including sourcing products from an additional 250,000 acres of organic production globally by 2020.
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“We think that human-caused greenhouse gas causes climate change and climate volatility and that’s going to stress the agricultural supply chain, which is very important to us,” Powell said in an interview at company headquarters in suburban Minneapolis. “Obviously we depend on that for our business, and we all depend on that for the food we eat.”