ADM and PepsiCo have announced their 7.5 year strategic agreement to closely collaborate on projects aiming to expand regenerative agriculture across their North American supply chains.
The strategic partnership is expected to reach up to two million acres by 2030, representing a joint effort by both companies to share carbon reduction goals. The long-term agreement will initially enroll coy, soy and wheat farmers across Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Nebraska with the opportunity for future expansion to increase visibility across the value chain and integrate a range of regenerative agriculture initiatives.
These initiatives include cover crops, reduced tillage, nutrient management, diverse rotations, and responsible pesticide use. The companies plan to share resources and collaborate to create value throughout the supply chain by providing participants with technical and financial assistance.
“Building a better food system is essential to the future health of the earth and all of us,” said Jim Andrew, Chief Sustainability Officer, PepsiCo. “At its core, PepsiCo is an agricultural company, working to spread regenerative agriculture practices that restore the earth and reduce carbon emissions to 7 million acres by 2030. This partnership with ADM marks a sea change in how PepsiCo engages with strategic partners and is expected to help us reach almost one-third of that goal.”
“Sustainability is fundamental to ADM: Our growth strategy is underpinned by demand for more sustainable products, and our culture compels us to act,” added ADM Chief Sustainability Officer Alison Taylor.
pep+ is PepsiCo’s end-to-end business transformation with sustainability and human capital. As part of those ambitions, the company is working to spread regenerative practices across seven million acres of land by 2030, aiming to achieve net-zero emissions by 2040.
ADM’s Strive 35 sustainability goals include reducing absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 25%, energy intensity by 15%, water intensity by 10% and achieving a 90% landfill diversion rate by 2035. In 2021, ADM committed to a new, aggressive environmental goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2030.
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