What food companies can learn from Smithfield Foods exceeding its grain sustainability goal

Published: February 23, 2019 by Environmental Defense Fund (EDF+Business)

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Sustainable Agriculture

“Can you help us achieve this?”

That was the question that Smithfield Foods’ chief sustainability officer asked Environmental Defense Fund more than five years ago, after Walmart challenged the world’s largest hog producer and pork processor to improve sustainability in its feed grain supply.

At the time, very few food companies considered grain sustainability to be their responsibility, and even fewer were taking steps to improve that segment of their supply chain. But Smithfield responded to Walmart’s challenge.

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