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Will McDonald’s Transition to Regenerative Agriculture?

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  • Ninety-six percent of the soil erosion in North America is caused by food production
  • Impact investors are increasingly investing in sustainable agriculture. Since 2013, impact investment in this sector has grown at an annual rate of 32.5 percent
  • Last year, McDonald’s launched a pilot program to assess the ability of its cattle ranchers to sequester carbon in soil by implementing regenerative grazing practices
  • McDonald’s pilot program involves 150 operators in its Canadian beef supply chain. Should the program turn out to be a success, it could significantly alter the way that all of its ranchers raise cattle in the future
  • Sequestering carbon in soil helps stabilize climate by extracting carbon from the atmosphere. It also helps restore soil health, thereby boosting crop yields

By Dr. Mercola

For decades, food production has been all about efficiency and lowering cost. We now see what this approach has brought us — diminishing food quality, skyrocketing disease statistics and a faltering ecosystem. Regenerative agriculture that makes use of cover crops, no-till and herbivore grazing actually contributes to improved soil health and fertility. 

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