By Smithfield Foods Inc. | December 15, 2021
Smithfield Foods Inc., the world’s largest pork processor, is the latest food company to join the Farm Powered Strategic Alliance, a collaborative movement to drive food waste reduction and recycling, and expand production of renewable energy across America. The Farm Powered Strategic Alliance, founded in 2020 by Vanguard Renewables, Unilever, Starbucks and Dairy Farmers of America, aims first to avoid or eliminate food waste and reuse what cannot be disposed of as renewable energy through digesters. anaerobic on the farm.
Smithfield’s inclusion in the alliance will further support progress towards sustainability initiatives that the vertically integrated company has underway across all of its operations, including commitments to reduce waste going to landfills, increase sourcing and the creation of renewable energy and to become carbon negative in its US-owned operations by 2030..
“Smithfield is setting an example for other companies by carefully examining their business practices to see how they can do even better for the planet,” said John Hanselman, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Vanguard Renewables. “Smithfield makes significant sustainability efforts throughout its value chain and recognizes the value of the Farm Powered Strategic Alliance by providing additional avenues to reach them. ”
“Our aggressive sustainability goals and programs are the foundation of how we deliver on our commitment to producing ‘good food’. Responsibly.®‘with respect for our people, our animals, our communities and our planet,’ said Stewart Leeth, director of sustainability at Smithfield Foods. “We are delighted to join the Farm Powered Strategic Alliance and accelerate progress towards our key goals, including our commitment to achieve a 75% reduction in waste and to certify 75% of our US facilities free of landfill waste. ‘by 2025.’
The Farm Powered Strategic Alliance, named one of Fast Company’s 2021 Changing World Ideas, includes Unilever, Starbucks, Dairy Farmers of America, Vanguard Renewables, Stonyfield Organic, Cabot Creamery and now Smithfield Foods. The Alliance offers American food manufacturers and retailers a circular approach to reducing the negative environmental impacts of CO2 emissions and offers a path to a neutral carbon footprint. Members have the opportunity to recycle unavoidable food and beverage waste on farms, where it is combined with farmyard manure in a Farm Powered Anaerobic Digester to generate Renewable Natural Gas (RNG). The process also produces a low-carbon fertilizer that host farms can use to support regenerative farming practices and provide the American farmer with a diverse income stream.
“The world cannot wait for governments to do the right thing; private industry needs to take the initiative, and we are delighted to welcome Smithfield to the Alliance, ”said Hanselman.
Further information on Smithfield’s sustainability program and zero landfill initiatives is available on its website.
To learn more about the Farm Powered Strategic Alliance, visit this link.