03.11.2021 – 07:06
Unilever Germany GmbH
Knorr, Unilever’s largest food brand, is committed to growing 80% of the world’s most important ingredients (vegetables, herbs, spices, grains) according to the principles of regenerative agriculture by 2026 – the Unilever Regenerative Agriculture Principles. The aim is an estimated reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption by 30% * while at the same time improving biodiversity, soil health and livelihoods in the growing areas.
Food contributes to more than a third of greenhouse gas emissions and is a major cause of soil and biodiversity loss **. It is therefore not enough to design procurement and cultivation in such a way that the effects are minimized. Agriculture needs a real systemic change: Technologies and agricultural practice must be further developed in order not only to protect soils, but to improve them, to manage crop rotations and diversity, to reduce emissions and to regenerate nature.
The Unilever Regenerative Agriculture Principles are a further development of the “Sustainable Agriculture Code” introduced in 2010, which formed the basis of Unilever’s program for sustainable agriculture. More than 10 years of experience in sustainable agriculture in collaboration with farmers and suppliers have resulted in 95% of Knorr vegetables and herbs coming from sustainable production in Germany.
“We have to work with nature and the ecosystems – not against them. Earlier this year we introduced the Unilever Regenerative Agriculture Principles to support the cultivation of foods that have a positive impact on nature. Now Knorr is putting the principles into practice – and passing on the knowledge it has gained so that others can do the same.” sagt Hanneke Faber, Global President of Foods and Refreshment bei Unilever.
The regenerative agriculture projects will be implemented gradually over the next five years. Three projects started this year are showing promising results.
- Soil health: In western Spain, tomato growers, in collaboration with Knorr supplier Agraz (Conesa Group), have introduced practices to improve soil health. The first harvest already shows an increased yield.
- Resilience to the climate: In Pas de Calais (northern France), the vegetable supplier Ardo, in collaboration with PURProject and Green SOL, has implemented processes that improve the climate resilience of ecosystems in response to the decline in yields due to weather changes.
- Conservation of water and reduced emissions: In Arkansas, USA, a number of cultivation practices have been implemented in collaboration with Knorr’s largest rice supplier, Riviana, that save water and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Together with the University of Arkansas, state-of-the-art methods are used to measure the proportion by which greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption are reduced.
Knorr’s plan for regenerative agriculture is part of the Unilever Climate & Nature Fund, a € 1 billion fund that will accelerate the company’s work on nature and climate projects. Knorr’s plan will contribute to Unilever’s commitment to protecting and regenerating 1.5 million hectares of land, forests and oceans by 2030.
More information about Knorr can be found at www.knorr.com/de.
* This value was calculated based on estimates of the effects of Unilever’s Regenerative Agriculture Principles
**Willett, Walter, Johan Rockström, Brent Loken, Marco Springmann, Tim Lang, Sonja Vermeulen, Tara Garnett, et al. “Food in the Anthropocene: The EAT-Lancet Commission on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems.” The Lancet 393, no. 10170 (February 2019): 447-92. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(18)31788-4.
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