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‘We continue to evolve and strengthen our commitment to sustainable agriculture’

Kellogg noted it has been engaging with suppliers about pesticide use, including desiccation with glyphosate, in its ingredient supply chains since before 2017.

“Kellogg originated as a wellbeing company and today continues to be one of the largest plant-based food companies globally. As part of our commitment to upholding our founder’s values, we have leading sustainability commitments and a responsible sourcing programme. We continue to evolve and strengthen our commitment to sustainable agriculture,”​ a spokesperson for the company told FoodNavigator.

Kellogg acknowledged that ‘some consumers have questions about the use of the herbicide glyphosate’ and its use as a drying agent a few weeks before harvest, particularly with wheat and oats. The company said this practice is done by ‘some farmers in certain circumstances’ – like harvesting the crop more quickly if weather is challenging – but stressed the practice is ‘not widespread’ in its wheat and oat supply chain.

Nevertheless, the cereal-to-snacks giant said it is working with farmers to ‘phase-out’ the use of glyphosate as a drying agent in its ‘major markets’ by 2025. This includes the UK, France, the US, Canada, Mexico and Australia.

“These changes go alongside other pesticide reduction work as part of its Kellogg Origins programme,”​ the spokesperson said, adding these initiatives benefit both farmers and the environment.

In addition to a focus on glyphosate, Kellogg plans to make ‘pest management and pesticide use’ part of its ‘ingredient materiality assessment’ this year. “This assessment will provide a foundation for future strategies for responsibly sourcing our ingredients,”​ the spokesperson explained.

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