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Smithfield Foods Releases 2021 Sustainability Impact Report

In the report, the company commemorates 20 years of sustainability leadership, outlining its progress in achieving its ongoing sustainability goals and initiatives.

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Smithfield Foods has published its 2021 Sustainability Impact Report, which outlines its holistic approach to responsible food production.

Smithfield’s integrated sustainably model is designed to create value across its vertically integrated value chain, while supporting best business practices in environmental stewardship and food safety and quality, as well other areas. As a result of ongoing initiatives across the company to shrink its environmental footprint, Smithfield is making progress toward its emissions reduction and carbon negative goals and is using less water, land, feed, and energy than ever before to produce its products.

   Smithfield Makes USDA, EPA List of U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions

Some of its environmental achievements include:

  • Making significant progress toward its industry-leading 2030 commitments to become carbon negative in all U.S. company-owned operations and reduce GHG emissions by 30% across its value chain through projects underway in its Smithfield Renewables program
  • Committing to halve food loss and waste in all company-owned operations by 2030 and being named a U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champion
  • Investing a $150 to build the largest renewable natural gas project of its kind, installing manure-to-energy technology on almost all hog finishing farms in northern Missouri and continuing to make existing hog farms across America more sustainable by converting methane emissions from hog manure into carbon-negative RNG and organic fertilizer.  
  • Receiving a World Sustainability Award for innovative manure-to-energy projects and increasing biogas production by more than 100%
  • Certifying five new facilities as zero-waste-to-landfill (ZWTL), for a total of 21 ZWTL facilities and increasing renewable energy directly sourced by more than 15%


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