Pumpkin Farms Adapt to Improve Soil, Lower Emissions

Pumpkin Farms Adapt to Improve Soil, Lower Emissions

ATLANTA, Ill. (AP) – This Thanksgiving, your pumpkin pie might have a lower carbon footprint.

Farmers in central Illinois who supply 85% of the world’s canned pumpkin are adopting regenerative techniques to reduce emissions, attract bees and other pollinators and improve soil health.

The effort is backed by Libby’s, which is owned by Nestle. It’s one of several big companies that have started regenerative farming programs in the last few years, including General Mills, PepsiCo and Walmart.

Arohi Sharma, who studies regenerative farming for the Natural Resources Defense Council, said companies see drought and other impacts from climate change and “know they must act.”

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