On Wednesday, May 27th, Tyson Foods released its 2019 Sustainability Report, which outlines the company’s progress toward its sustainability goal. The goals are related to five focus areas that include food, animal welfare, environment, workplace and communities. They apply to the company and all of its suppliers, including its feed supply. This annual report is aimed at monitoring and quantifying its targeted areas for improvement so it can measure itself for improvement year over year.
Tyson Foods is the largest purchaser of feed corn in the industry, and they intend to source grain from farms who are actively seeking to reduce land use, water consumption, GHG emissions and nutrient runoff intensity.
Improving Land Stewardship Through Data
Tyson Foods defines land stewardship as the application of environmental and conservation best practices focused on soil health, water quality and conservation, nutrient stewardship, and wildlife habitat. The overall goal of our land stewardship commitment—the largest ever by a U.S. protein company—is to provide farmers with tools to inform them how to improve their economic and environmental bottom line, as well as lower the GHG emissions generated by our supply chain. Our commitment is to support improved environmental practices on 2 million acres of row crop corn by the end of 2020. This represents enough corn to feed all of Tyson Foods’ annual broiler chicken production in the U.S., as well as some of the pigs and cattle the company buys from independent farmers and ranchers.