Minnesota Food Industry Giants Join To Address Food Insecurity and Climate Change

Fourteen Minnesota-based organizations have joined to create MBOLD, a coalition for food and agriculture. The companies and research groups (including Target, General Mills and the University of Minnesota) will use their shared knowledge and global reach to address problems, particularly the changing climate and growing demand for food.

MBOLD will focus on various issues impacting the food and agriculture industries, such as:

Soil health and water stewardship: MBOLD is engaging farmers and ranchers to adopt new practices and support them through the risks, with the idea of building soil health and reducing emissions to tackle climate change and make the food system more resilient. 

Recycling and reusing soft plastics: Flexible films are used throughout the food and agriculture sectors for food packaging, hay bales, pallet wrap and more, but only a fraction of it is recycled. MBOLD aims to develop a circular economy for flexible packaging films to cut waste and give these materials a second life.

Innovation and entrepreneurship, through capital access, development opportunities or mentorship.

Food insecurity in the time of the pandemic: MBOLD is using a data-driven approach to get ahead of food insecurity at the local level and spurring deeper public-private collaboration.

Together, the fourteen organizations sell food in more than 125 countries, and have expertise in many different fields. MBOLD will be housed at the Greater MSP office in St. Paul.  

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