You may not think about how global warming affects your bowl of Cheerios, but General Mills’ Chief Sustainability Officer, Jerry Lynch, does.

Lynch: “We know that climate change has the potential to play a key role in one of the most important parts of our business – agriculture – which is where we source all of our ingredients from. Whether it’s through drier soils, or more frequent severe weather, or migration of growing regions.”

And in a vicious cycle, producing that cereal is making the problem worse by contributing to climate change.

So to lessen the company’s impact, General Mills has reduced carbon pollution from its processing plants by more than ten percent in the last decade.

But since the ingredients and packaging materials used by General Mills generate nearly two thirds of the company’s carbon pollution, General Mills also wants to help its suppliers become more sustainable.

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For example, the company has joined “Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture,” which includes members ranging from seed companies to cereal producers to grocery stores.

Lynch says collaborations like this and others can help drive reductions in carbon pollution and help limit global warming at all stages of the supply chain.

Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media.
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Bud Ward

Bud Ward is Editor of Yale Climate Connections. He started his environmental journalism career in 1974. He later served as Assistant Director of the U.S. Congress's National Commission on Air Quality,...