General Mills and The Nature Conservancy Advocate for Healthy Soils: A Global Priority for Conservation & Business
As our global population grows, soil health must be both a conservation and a business priority as growers struggle to produce more food. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates a 60 percent increase in food production is required by 2050. Increased investment and coordination to promote healthy soil can create a transformative shift in the way America’s croplands are managed, paving the way for tangible economic and environmental gains for future generations. By elevating the role of soil health in U.S. cropland management systems and measuring both the economic and environmental benefits, we can advance a scalable, sustainable model for farming systems around the world.
The Nature Conservancy, through support from General Mills, developed the Soil Health Roadmap, a 10-point roadmap to success that makes the business case for investing in sustainable soil health practices to achieve unprecedented economic benefits for U.S. farmers and businesses, as well as significant conservation outcomes for generations to come. Learn more about the Soil Health Roadmap at www.nature.org/soil.
Photo Credit: © Ron Nichols, USDA NRCS North Carolina
Posted: Mar 02, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
The current world population of approximately 7.4 billion is projected to increase to approximately 9.7 billion by 2050. Growing enough food, while also sustaining and improving our natural resources, is one of the greatest challenges of our time.
Recently, the concept of “soil health” has captured wide-ranging interest as a focal point for simultaneously achieving food production and environmental goals.
Posted: Feb 09, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
We often think of soil health and water security as distinct conservation issues, but in fact they are inseparable. A new study from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) underscores how good soil management is not only foundational to safeguarding water supplies, but also generates additional benefits on local to global scales.
Posted: Jan 26, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
Spanning across southern Minnesota from the South Dakota border in the west to the Wisconsin border in the east, Minnesota’s First Congressional District is home to some of the most productive agricultural land in America. Here you’ll find fertile soil, rich with nutrients that support the growth of a wide variety of crops.
Posted: Dec 05, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
Tim Smith is among a growing number of innovative farmers who are managing their croplands with practices that promote conservation of land and waters while increasing crop yields. On November 1, 2016, Tim joined experts from The Nature Conservancy, General Mills and the Soil Health Institute at the annual BSR Conference in New York City to launch the reThink Soil initiative.