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PepsiCo announces its 2030 target for "Positive agricolture"

The company aims to extend regenerative practices

PepsiCo, has announced a new and impactful business ambition of “Positive Agriculture”, anchored in the 2030 goal of spreading regenerative farming practices on 7 million acres, roughly equal to its entire agricultural footprint. The company estimates that this commitment will eliminate at least 3 million tons of greenhouse gas (Ghg) emissions by the end of the decade. Further objectives of the program for 2030 include improving the livelihoods of more than 250,000 people in its agricultural supply chain and the sustainable sourcing of 100% of its key ingredients.

The "Positive Agriculture" program aims to procure crops and ingredients that will accelerate the transition to regenerative agriculture, with a series of practices that can improve and restore ecosystems, and also build resilience of the food system, and strengthen agricultural communities. The company will focus on spreading the adoption of regenerative farming practices on 7 million acres, nearly 100% of the land used worldwide to produce crops and ingredients for PepsiCo's products. This corporate commitment is estimated to lead to a net reduction of at least 3 million tonnes of greenhouse gases (Ghg) by 2030. PepsiCo will continue to work with farmers across 60 countries to adopt more practices that will positively impact the earth. With its Quaker brand, the company has already created the "Opti-Oat" initiative, which uses over one million data points, to guide farmers on how to grow "perfect oats," improving yields and creating a most sustainable source of oats.

For its potato crops, the company will further leverage its iCrop technology, which is already used across Europe and is helping farmers understand crop performance and the right amount of water and fertilizer to use. PepsiCo's Walkers brand recently introduced a new "circular potato" technology in the UK that uses potato peel scraps to produce low carbon, nutrient-rich fertilizers. The use of this fertilizer is expected to reduce the carbon emissions of Walkers potato crops by 70% and will be tested in 2021, with UK farmers, and from 2022, in Lay's potato crops in Europe.

The company aims to improve the livelihoods of more than 250,000 people within its agricultural supply chain and in communities, including the economic empowerment of women. PepsiCo will focus its work on the most vulnerable farming communities connected to its global supply chain, including smallholders, farmers, women and the minority of farmers. Through the sustainable agriculture program, PepsiCo already works directly with its farmers to share knowledge and practices that improve profitability and crop yields. The company aims for sustainable sourcing of 100% of key ingredients, expanding to include not only its direct-sourced crops (potatoes, corn, oats and oranges), but also key crops from third parties, such as vegetable oils and grains. In Europe this work is already underway. In Hungary, Ukraine and Russia, PepsiCo is launching collaboration programs with suppliers to further develop sustainable sourcing practices for sunflower oil.

As of late 2020, PepsiCo's direct-sourced crops have come 100% from sustainable sources in 28 countries. Globally, approximately 87% of direct crops come from sustainable sources through PepsiCo's Sfp. In addition, the company has achieved its goal of sourcing sustainable cane sugar globally by 2020, 100% Bonsucer certified and has obtained over 99% physically certified palm oil from the "Round Table on the oil of sustainable palm". PepsiCo is engaged with organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund to develop a method that sets scientific goals for water, taking into account the benefits of regenerative and resilient farming systems and practices on water quantity and quality of "Positive Agriculture" is another step in the PepsiCo Positive company's journey and follows PepsiCo's recent announcement to double its science-based climate goal, aiming to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions along its supply chain by more than 40% by 2030, as well as pledging to achieve net zero emissions by 2040.

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