购买 100% sustainably-sourced 亨氏食品公司 番茄酱的番茄 by 2025.
作为一家食品和饮料公司, we recognize the importance of sustainable agriculture in all of our products. Through the work of our experienced agronomists and procurement teams, we are proud to work with our suppliers to advance sustainable agriculture practices knowing that these commodities are integral to our business and to the well-being of our consumers and communities in which we operate.
在ag真人APP, sustainable agriculture has been a history of working with growers to drive rotational crops to promote multigenerational fields, 提高田间和加工产量, drive next generation breeding through our seed business and find ways to help increase water efficiency.
Through thorough research in our laboratories and with experienced agronomist teams on the ground, we strive to stay at the forefront of sustainable agriculture, applying what we learn to additional parts of our business.
The Kraft 亨氏食品公司 可持续农业 Practices guides our engagement strategy with our growers through 2025. We aim to dig deep in our roots to use 150 年 of forward-looking, responsible agricultural and human rights practices to build on our agricultural legacy 与我们的农民. We are committed to bringing forward our sustainability heritage, as Henry J. 亨氏(H.J. 著名的亨氏公司, “Protect the consumer by owning the product all the way from the soil to the table.”
We are excited to begin reworking this program and commit to sharing our progress.
Sustainable farming practices do more than save important natural resources. They also have the potential to considerably increase crop yields and provide growers and their families with greater economic opportunity. Kraft 亨氏食品公司 has taken significant steps to strengthen its supply chain by evolving its 可持续农业实践手册 (SAP) and working in partnership with growers to implement those practices.
In 2020, we made progress toward the relaunch of our SAP program. The first step was revising the manual, which is divided into seven sections:
- Responsible Labor Practices, Ethical Conduct, Occupational Health and Safety
We also became a member of the Sustainable Agricultural Initiative with the objective to get 3rd party validation for our SAP manual. To this end we contracted SureHarvest which will audit the manual against SAI的农场可持续性评估. 于2021年成功完成评估, we will roll out the program to key tomato growers and paste suppliers, 海军豆供应商和我们的全球农业团队.
The shift towards a sustainable agricultural system is not always easy. 从长远来看是有益的, many of these practices present a considerable risk for a farmer as it can take 年 to reach a return on investment, 这并不是总能保证的. 在ag真人APP, we truly believe in working together with our partners and encouraging the adoption of sustainable practices in a way that’s equally beneficial to both the farmer and the planet.
In 2017, ag真人APP农业研究团队, 包括鲁本加西亚, Luis Venegas and Samuel Cardona noticed that yields on our tomato research farm in California were declining, 土壤病原体也在增加. Standard tomato cultivation works on a three-year cycle, with crops grown and harvested in year one and left fallow with any remaining plant residues for the next two 年. Ruben noted that this practice created an impermeable, compacted upper layer of soil that increased erosion and decreased overall soil health, leading to poorer yields and increased susceptibility to disease. His team then devised a strategy to improve soil health by incorporating a forage-mix cover crop (including oats, 大麦, (小麦和其他草)在休耕年份. The cover crops would be planted during the regular growing season and, 而不是收获, plant matter would be incorporated back into the soil. The team also included a practice known as deep ripping, whereby any compacted soil is broken up mechanically to allow for better water infiltration.
Ruben and his team demonstrated that this strategy protected the soil from erosion, 土壤有机质几乎增加了 one hundred percent (see graph below) and significantly reduced the growth of targeted weeds. 此外，该团队还能够展示 that this practice paid for itself multiple times over from the increase in yields and decrease of agricultural inputs such as fertilizer and herbicides.
Practices like this can be challenging for farmers to adopt as they may not see any return on their investment for many 年. 然而, our growing partners have begun to adopt these practices because of the knowledge shared by the Kraft 亨氏食品公司 team.
“I’m proud of the work that my team has done to demonstrate the value of sustainable initiatives to our suppliers and partners. We all know how important it is to feed ourselves and our animals, 但是在这种情况下, we’re feeding our soil – and that’s just as important if you ask me.” Samuel Cardona, Kraft 亨氏食品公司 Agricultural Research Team.