Nestle Brazil holds the second Net Zero Nature Circuit by Ninho event, which aims to highlight good practices in regenerative agriculture aimed at producing high-quality milk with low carbon emissions

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April 20, 2023 (press release) –

Nestlé held the second Net Zero Nature Circuit by Ninho event, which aims to highlight good practices in regenerative agriculture aimed at producing high-quality milk with low carbon emissions. The state chosen was Goiás and the more than 250 people who participated had the opportunity to personally see the work carried out at Fazenda Marinho. Located in the municipality of Silvânia, the property is on the journey to become a Net Zero dairy farm in Brazil, based on Nestlé's partnership with Embrapa.

The event featured presentations by Maurício Cherubin, professor and researcher at the University of São Paulo (USP) in the areas of carbon credit and regenerative agriculture, by Luiz Gustavo Pereira, researcher at Embrapa Gado de Leite, and by the family that owns Fazenda Marinho .

“The Net Zero Circuit is a field day on regenerative agriculture and low-carbon dairy farming that encourages production that takes care of the soil, biodiversity, water, as well as the well-being of animals and surrounding rural communities. The State of Goiás is strategic for national dairy production and, therefore, we chose Fazenda Marinho for the second edition of Circuito NetZero. Thus, together with Embrapa owners, partners and technicians, we can demonstrate the benefits of these practices for the producer, answer questions and engage more and more producers in this journey”, explains Barbara Sollero, Milk Sourcing manager at Nestlé Brazil.

“We are in a moment of unprecedented transformation in national production and we cannot stay out of it. It's a change in mindset that requires a long-term partnership in which you can do things differently and make money too. As it is multifunctional, it is necessary to understand the soil, with all its biodiversity, also as a means of storing carbon”, explains Cherubin.

Fazenda Marinho has an advanced level of regenerative agriculture in crop rotation, cover planting, no-tillage and precision agriculture. The actions provide greater water retention, fertility, soil health and more productivity. Parts of the planted areas go through a "rest", resulting in a better production condition. The cows live in a resting shed, which is air-conditioned and receive balanced feed and plenty of quality water, in an environment that promotes comfort and well-being.

“It is a privilege to participate in this project that aims to increase the production of sustainable milk in our country”, emphasizes Lucas Schmidt, successor who represents the second generation of Fazenda Marinho. He takes the opportunity to encourage new producers to learn about Nestlé's initiative. “The important thing is to start, either by separating a small area to carry out the test, as it will be possible to see the difference that regenerative agriculture practices make in the daily life of the property”, he says.

Nestlé started, in 2021, a pioneering partnership with Embrapa to develop Net Zero milk livestock in Brazil in pilot farms that decarbonize their respective productions in the states of Minas Gerais, Goiás and São Paulo. Fazenda Marinho is part of this group that represents the diversity and plurality of the different milk production systems in the country. These properties - which have approximately 2,500 cows that produce a total of approximately 62 tons of milk per day - underwent an initial diagnosis of carbon emissions and are receiving monitoring and technical support for the implementation of reduction actions. according to a personalized plan carried out by Embrapa, for each reality, observing items such as soil management and conservation, waste management and regenerative agriculture practices.

About Nestle

Nestlé has been operating in Brazil for over 100 years and continues to renew its commitment to society, as a mobilizing force that contributes to bringing nutrition and well-being to billions of people, creating an environment of inclusion and opportunity for thousands of Brazilians and being the most sustainable food producer in the country. The company employs more than 30,000 people in Brazil and has 20 industrial units located in the states of São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Bahia, Pernambuco, Goiás, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul and Espírito Santo, in addition to nine distribution centers and more than 50 brokers (responsible for sales, promotions, merchandising, storage and distribution). Committed to good practices that go from the field to the consumer's table, the company has thousands of supplier producers participating in quality programs in the cocoa, coffee and milk chains, which guarantee sustainable production and bring modernity to the countryside. In addition, it maintains initiatives at the factories such as minimizing the use of water and energy and reducing emissions, reforestation actions and continuous innovations in increasingly sustainable packaging. Nestlé Brazil is present in 99% of Brazilian homes, according to research carried out by Kantar Worldpanel.

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