Soil Matters - Annie's Homegrown
We are on a journey to save our soil through regenerative agriculture. Learn more.

Soil is critical to life on earth. More than 99% of our food comes from soil! And that’s not all – we rely on soil to clean and store water, support biodiversity and regulate our climate. To keep our planet healthy for future generations, we need to take care of our soil.

Soil is a complex ecosystem that is the foundation of life on earth. Soil forms the base of the food chain for humans and all land animals – and it plays a critical role in balancing the earth’s ecosystems and climate.

 

Some agricultural practices, including over-tilling, over-grazing and excessive chemical applications, are degrading our soil. Soil degradation leads to erosion and biodiversity loss, and it threatens our food supply. In the U.S., we’re losing soil 10x faster than the natural replenishment rate.

 

Fun fact! One teaspoon of healthy soil can support more microorganisms than there are people on the planet.

The Soil Solution

As part of the food industry, we recognize that agriculture contributes to some of our most pressing sustainability challenges, and we believe that the most promising solutions start with healthy soil. We are on a journey to bring soil back to life through regenerative agriculture.

How It Works

Regenerative agricultural practices work with nature to pull carbon from the air and store it in the soil, where it nourishes a network of life. By sequestering carbon underground, regenerative practices can reduce the greenhouse gases in our atmosphere! Regenerative practices include: composting, cover crops, extended crop rotations, no- or low-till, and perennial crops, among others.

What Are We Doing

At Annie’s, all of our food begins with soil. We have a long history of supporting soil health through organic agriculture, and now we’re amplifying our commitment to soil by advancing regenerative practices that enhance resilience and diversity. We’re learning from scientists, farmers, and nonprofit organizations, and we’re exploring new ways to source ingredients and measure impact. Take a look at our Sustainability Report for more information, and stay tuned for updates!

What You Can Do

Keep learning! Educate yourself and your family about why soil matters. (Check out THE SOIL STORY for starters.) Ask questions about how your food is grown. Compost at home. Support regenerative farmers… And join us on our regenerative journey! Sign up at the bottom of this page to stay involved.

Our journey is just beginning and we have lots to learn. Many thanks to the farmers and partners that inspire and inform us:

 

Kiss the Ground

Project Drawdown

Carbon Underground

Climate Collaborative

Sustainable Food Trade Association

 

*”See what healthy soil looks like” photo by Catherine Ulitsky of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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