Report: Food Manufacturers Make Environmental Progress

Some big food makers are getting serious about making sure farmers grow crops in ways that minimize damage to water, soil and the environment, according to a report released Wednesday that called for more companies to demand sustainableĀ supplies, according to

Companies including Walmart, Coca-Cola, General Mills, and Unilever have taken steps to work with suppliers on environmental improvements, the report said, but added that measurable goals and firm deadlines are necessary to make realĀ improvements.

The report from Ceres, a Boston-based nonprofit network of investors, companies and public interest groups, focused on climate change's effect on corn production. It said farmers and the companies they supply must address drought and other weather extremes, an increase in groundwater depleting irrigation, and more fertilizerĀ use.

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