Land based agricultural production is the basis of the majority of the food products that are sold by the Ahold Delhaize brands. Agricultural practices can compromise the production capacity of agricultural land. This puts pressure on the affordability of food, availability of agricultural land and can negatively affect biodiversity and the environment.
Ahold Delhaize supports farming approaches that use soil health and fertility as the entry point to regenerate, and we’re aiming for net positive impact instead of only reducing negative impacts.
Ahold Delhaize brands work with farmers that use various good farming practice approaches and initiatives that have a positive contribution to regenerative agriculture like Global G.A.P., the SAI Platform Farm Sustainability Assessment and certifications like Rainforest Alliance These approaches minimize soil erosion and compaction, and maintain or improve soil health, including stocks of soil organic matter. Soil fertility is managed in a way that promotes crop and soil health. Improvements in soil organic matter, water, soil health, and pest management increase a farm’s resilience to climate change. By having this approach the carbon footprint of agriculture and the products that we sell will be reduced as well.