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McCain Foods commits to sustainability practices for potatoes


McCain Foods has released its 2020 Global Sustainability report and has committed to using regenerative agricultural practices for all of its potato acreage by 2030.

McCain represents 370,000 acres of potatoes worldwide.

This commitment will protect soil health and quality and use natural processes to prevent plant disease, strengthen crops and control pests.

“The pandemic has put a spotlight squarely on the precarious nature of our global food system,” says Max Koeune, chief executive officer of McCain. “But the largest challenges we face are related to climate change. It’s estimated that a quarter of man-made carbon emissions come from the production of food, and if we have to grow more food to feed more people, that will only intensify. If we don’t transform the way we grow food, the whole system is at risk of suffering irreparable damage.”

Regenerative agriculture promotes biodiversity and more plant cover on fields.

Beyond this commitment, McCain has also committed to opening three Farms of the Future by 2025, reducing carbon emissions by 50 per cent by 2030, moving to 100 per cent renewable electricity by 2030 and more.


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