B&G Takes Steps on Pesticide Management

B&G Foods

Thanks to pressure from thousands of consumers taking action with Green America, B&G Foods – the owner of iconic brands like Green Giant, Cream of Wheat, and Spice Islands – is taking initial steps on pesticides, including evaluating 20 crops for pesticides and encouraging suppliers to use Integrated Pest Management (IPM). This is an important start, but much more needs to be done.

Across the United States, industrial agriculture techniques like monocropping and overuse of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers contribute to topsoil depletion, biodiversity and pollinator loss, water pollution, and the climate crisis. In addition, pesticide exposure harms farmworkers and rural communities.

As a major food manufacturer, B&G Foods has the power to drive adoption of regenerative agriculture – a holistic approach that rebuilds soil health, sequesters carbon, increases yields sustainably, reduces pollution, and mitigates climate change. That's why we are asking B&G Foods to transition its entire supply chain to regenerative agricultural practices, including cover-cropping, no-till farming, and crop rotation. With healthy soil as the foundation, regenerative techniques reduce reliance on pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.

Additionally, B&G Foods must implement an integrated pest management (IMP) plan, required by all suppliers of all crops, to reduce and phase out all highly hazardous pesticides, starting with those that endanger farmworkers, rural communities, and ecosystems.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has issued a "final warning" – we must transition away from extractive industrial agriculture to regenerative techniques that heal farmland and act as a solution to the climate crisis.

Learn more about regenerative agriculture and it's importance for the health of the planet, pollinators, and us.