Nestlé announced at the UN Food Systems Summit this week that it will work with its food system partners, including its network of more than 500,000 farmers and 150,000 suppliers, to advance regenerative farming practices at the heart of the food system. Among the initiatives already underway are the development of higher-yielding coffee and cocoa varieties with lower environmental impact, and the assessment of novel solutions to reduce emissions in the dairy supply chain. The business will also initiate new programs to help address the social and economic challenges of the transition. “We know that regenerative agriculture plays a critical role in improving soil health, restoring water cycles and increasing biodiversity for the long term,” says Chairman Paul Bulcke. “These outcomes form the foundation of sustainable food production and, crucially, also contribute to achieving our ambitious climate targets.
Comment: We are on the cusp of an agricultural and industrial revolution that will be better for businesses, better for people, and better for the planet. It is to be hoped that this revolution hasn’t come too late.