Demonstrating its long-standing commitment to the environment and its people, Niman Ranch has released its first-ever impact report, detailing the company’s impressive environmental sustainability, humane animal care, farmer support, and community impact across its 750-farm network.
“The new impact report clearly illustrates how unique Niman Ranch is in the meat sector,” shared Chris Oliviero, General Manager of Niman Ranch. “Our founding farmers and ranchers broke the mold when creating this company, aiming to build a new business model that worked for the producers, animals, environment, and rural communities. I’m incredibly proud of all that we’ve achieved over the years and the path we have charted for the future.”
The report includes findings from an independent analysis of Niman Ranch’s farming practices by the Sustainable Food Lab, a leading organization helping scale sustainable agriculture in the United States and around the globe, according to a press release. As outlined in the analysis, the Niman Ranch farms are successfully implementing regenerative practices that build healthy soil, support biodiversity, sequester carbon, and reduce runoff, in addition to using more cover crops than other farms in their area.
“What we found is a farmer network that already leads in many aspects of regenerative agriculture,” shared Elizabeth Reaves, Senior Program Director at the Sustainable Food Lab. Reaves continued, “One key difference that stood out in our conversations was the premium pay and stability the program provides farmers, creating a different risk management strategy. Without financial sustainability, it is unlikely that farmers will experiment with new sustainable practices.”
The inaugural impact report shares new Niman Ranch partnerships and initiatives to support a more sustainable and equitable food system, as well as the many other ways the company continues to use its resources to spark industry progress.
“When Paul Willis first started the pork program, he didn’t set out to check boxes on some set of protocols that somebody else had come up with,” Oliviero added. “He wrote his own playbook and then made it available for others to follow. Having the willingness to do that is why the Niman model has excelled, and it will inform our course well into the future.”
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