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Danone North America Exceeds 2022 Soil Health Initiative Goal

In the past four years, the comprehensive dairy industry program has prevented more than 337,000 tons of soil from erosion and reduced nearly 119,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent.

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Danone North America has announced the year four results from its comprehensive soil health program. Introduced in 2017, the five-year program aims to improve organic matter in soils to increase yields, reduce chemical use, restore biodiversity, and enhance soil water-holding capacity to help provide farms with long-term economic resilience.

Integral to Danone’s global commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 by helping to reduce the company's carbon footprint, since its launch, the program has:

  • Reduced nearly 119,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent and sequestered more than 31,000 tons of carbon through regenerative soil health practices
  • Prevented over 337,000 tons of soil from erosion, resulting in nearly $3.3 million in cost avoidance for farmer partners
  • Conserved more than 1,700 acres of grassed waterways, buffer lands, forest, and wetlands
  • Increased the use of soil moisture probes by 55%, helping to ensure and enhance soil’s water-holding capacity through informed and improved water usage practices

In addition, the program has expanded to over 140,000 acres across the U.S. and Canada, a 72% growth in acreage from year 3 result

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“At Danone North America, we understand the opportunity within our soil and the importance of regenerative practices and what they can unlock, environmentally, and now financially, along with our responsibility to advance a sustainable and resilient future,” says Jennifer Simpson, director of agriculture, Danone North America. “While soil health is just one piece of the puzzle, we work hand-in-hand with our farmer partners to apply a tailored approach to each individual farm to help them adopt economically viable regenerative farming practices that are best for them.”

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