We Believe in Being Responsible Stewards of Our Natural Resources
Each of our major operations has an environmental scorecard to measure compliance, sustainability efforts and associate involvement. The scorecard drives continuous improvement, with facility and company goals for water reduction, recycling, energy conservation and CO2 emissions.
Our newest soybean processing operation taps into existing waste-to-energy instead of burning fossil fuels to generate steam.
Renewable and Greener Energy
- Two solar panel installations that reduce carbon emissions by 3,000 tons per year
- A biomass boiler that burns soybean sticks, pods and woodchips, providing steam for soybean processing while generating electricity back to the grid, reducing CO2 output by 18,000 tons each year
- An innovative system that captures methane from a wastewater pond to fuel a generator and uses heat from the generator to provide hot water, cutting CO2 output by 52,000 tons annually
- A soybean crushing operation that uses steam generated by an adjacent waste-to-energy facility
- Boilers that use more efficient, cleaner-burning natural gas than the oil boilers we used previously
Increasing fuel mileage and payloads reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 12%.
- High-efficiency and ultra-light tractor-trailer equipment achieved new highs in fuel efficiency and payload, the equivalent of taking one of every eight of our trucks off the road
- Managing peak demands and sequencing start-ups and shutdowns reduces our energy use and eases pressure on the grid
- We’re switching our production environments to energy-saving fluorescent and LED bulbs and redesigning placement to use fewer lights
Our Perry, Ga., cooking plant has reduced sanitation water use by 180,000 gallons per day.
Reducing Water Use
- Downstream reuse in our harvest plants recycles water for non-food-contact use and reduces the volume going to wastewater treatment
- Recirculating cooling towers significantly reduce the amount of water used for soy processing
- Lower-volume, higher-pressure hoses dramatically reduce the amount of water used for cleaning our food plants