General Mills’ and Danone’s programs are testing theories of carbon sequestration, gathering new data which could lead to big changes to our agricultural system. These pilot programs help farmers transition to no-till agriculture and crop rotation, plant cover crops, and other regenerative practices. By switching to these regenerative practices– through government grants and fund matching initiatives – they hope farms will restore soil, foster biodiversity, protect water systems, reduce greenhouse gases, and sequester more carbon as explored in this Greenbiz article.
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Danone’s farmers planted cover crops on 64 percent of the total acreage and practiced no-till on 77 percent. The national average is 5 percent and 33 percent respectively. They also doubled the number of crop species to 32.”Jesse Klein