Create a food supply chain that fights climate change and protects biodiversity
Scroll to explore
Why it matters
In its never-ending quest for higher productivity, agriculture has become so intensive that one-third of the world’s soils are degraded2, cultivated biodiversity has been reduced to some 15 plant species3, and farms account for a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions4. We need a new paradigm. The sine qua non for this transformation is to restore the health of soil through Regenerative Agriculture and other practices that increase its carbon content. This will position us to fight climate change and provide sustainable food sources for the 10 billion people who will live on Earth in 2050.
1 Soil are endangered, but the degradation can be rolled back, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), 2015
2 Status of the World’s Soil Resources, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), 2015
3 The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 2019
4 Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), 2015
The most important step towards making agriculture less carbon-intensive is to change farming practices. But farmers don’t live in a vacuum: their practices respond to the demands of big food companies, distributors and consumers. Which means everyone in the food supply chain must play a role in fighting climate change, from reducing their own emissions to promoting sustainable procurement to favoring short distribution channels.
5 Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), 2015
We can’t make the transition to regenerative practices without getting farmers on board. They know this change is essential to the future of the planet and our food system, even though it will need investment. All over the world, pioneers are showing us that Regenerative Agriculture is a model for the future. But the transition can be challenging and costly, and farmers can’t accelerate its pace without support.
6 The biodiversity that is crucial for food and agriculture is disappearing by the day, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), 2019
WHAT WE’RE DOING
Restoring soil health and protecting biodiversity
At Danone, we believe in agriculture that gives natural cycles room to regenerate. Restoring soils to health means increasing their carbon storage capacity, improving their resistance to drought and flooding, and helping to protect plant and animal biodiversity. We work directly with 58,000 farms, and we’re committed to supporting them as they transition to Regenerative Agriculture.
- Improve soil health by promoting regenerative practices that increase carbon storage in soil.
- Encourage farmers to rotate their crops, diversify nutrients, and plant hedgerows to limit pesticide use and restore biodiversity.
- Help farmers reduce water consumption by 25% through better irrigation management.
- Preserve water-related ecosystems, especially in water-stressed areas.
125 French farms have been audited to assess their adoption of regenerative practices
Protecting water resources
of Danone products grown in France will come from Regenerative Agriculture by 2025
Made in the USA: Regenerative Agriculture
By 2030, 100% of 55 highly water-stressed watersheds where we operate will have a preservation or restoration plan in place, backed by local communities
Leveraging agriculture to shrink our carbon footprint
We’ve committed to achieving “zero net emissions” for the entire Group by 2050. To reach this ambitious goal, we need to reduce our carbon footprint across the entire production cycle, starting with Regenerative Agriculture to boost carbon sequestration in soil. In 2019, we aligned our trajectory for reducing CO2 emissions with the “Paris Agreement pledge” to cap global warming at 2°C. Now we’ve gone further: under the Business Ambition for 1.5°C Pledge, we’ve committed to aligning with a cap of 1.5°C.
- Offer consumers more plant-based options, which have a carbon footprint that is 2/3 smaller on average.
- Accelerate the transition to Regenerative Agriculture.
- Reduce our energy consumption by increasing use of renewable energies at Danone production sites, warehouses and offices.
- Give consumers an opportunity to choose brands that are committed to shrinking their carbon footprint.
Over 50% of the electricity powering Danone buildings and production sites comes from renewable energies
The next frontier for Horizon Organic
Danone water brands - committed to carbon neutrality
tons of carbon have been eliminated from Danone’s footprint through Regenerative Agriculture, accounting for half of total footprint reduction
Supporting a new generation of farmers
We’ve always had strong, close ties to the farmers who supply us with milk, fruit, vegetables and other foodstuffs. And we’re especially proud of our relationships with smallholders, who will play a critical role in the agricultural models of tomorrow. In the past we’ve helped them improve production quality and survive price volatility, and now we’re supporting them through the transition to more sustainable practices.
- Deepen our relationships with partner farmers to help them adopts new farming practices while keeping their operations economically viable.
- Provide technical and financial assistance to ease their transition to a Regenerative Agriculture model.