Kellogg Helping Rice Farmers Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The company’s InGrained partnership with Louisiana farmers has yielded positive results in its first year.

Kellogg Rice Harvest

During the pilot year of the program, Kellogg’s InGrained, a five-year partnership with Lower Mississippi River Basin rice farmers to help reduce their climate impact, has assisted them in the implementation of climate-smart irrigation practices, achieving a reduction of more than 1,600 metric tons of greenhouse gases.

Kellogg piloted the program in Northeast Louisiana in collaboration with agricultural greenhouse gas measurement firm Regrow Ag, rice producers, Kellogg supplier Kennedy Rice Mill, and agribusiness firm Syngenta. Much of the rice sourced from the Louisiana River Basin is used in iconic foods like Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal and Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats.

Kellogg and its InGrained partners are making adjustments as they transition into the second year of the program, while ensuring both financial and technical support continue to help farmers with these new practices. Kellogg also is also exploring expanding the program to include various regions with different weather patterns and soil types to determine if similar positive impacts are possible.


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“Not only are we helping farmers implement new practices on their farms, but farmers are telling us that just as importantly, the quality of their rice was not affected by the adjusted irrigation practices,” says Stacey Shaw, Syngenta’s senior sustainability lead.

“Kellogg’s Better Days environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategy is committed to supporting 1 million farmers and reducing Scope 3 GHG emissions across our value chain by 15% by the end of 2030,” says Janelle Meyers, Kellogg’s chief sustainability officer. “Programs like Kellogg’s InGrained contribute to this ambitious goal, create positive impacts on the planet, and support the livelihoods of farmers who grow the rice for some of our most iconic foods.”


 


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