Regenerative Agriculture gets a boost from Danone North America

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Danone North America continues to expand its regenerative farming program, currently the most comprehensive regenerative agriculture dairy program in the US. Launched in 2017, the soil health initiative has nearly tripled to more than 82,000 acres and has recently expanded into almond orchards in the central valley of California.

In year three of the five-year soil health program, Danone North America partnered with Sustainable Environmental Consultants and its EcoPractices platform to conduct a very thoughtful analysis with five key areas of regenerative agriculture: Soil Health, Biodiversity, Water, Carbon and Economy & Productivity.

By the end of 2020, Danone North America’s soil health program has reduced more than 80,000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent and sequestered more than 20,000 tons of carbon through regenerative soil health practices. Soil health program helped to preserve and protect water systems through improved soil health management and technologies such as soil moisture probes, filter strips and saturated buffers. At the same time, the program also supports farm economic resiliency as a result of regenerative agriculture practices.

Over the next two years, the company aims to collaboratively establish goals with farmer partners and achieve enrollment of 100,000 acres under the regenerative agriculture program.