Agriculture continued GMO Heineken's policy on the use of genetically modified organisms (GMO) prohibits the use of those GMOs. We take strict precautions to ensure that all raw materials, including maize, rice, sorghum and wheat, are GMO free. For product categories with an increased GMO risk, especially maize, strict and enhanced provisions specifying the number of quality samples that must be taken are in place. Our success in tracing the provenance of our raw materials helps us to live up to our GMO policy. Fleineken will continue to monitor the public debate on GMO and agricultural trends and will consult with its stakeholders prior to eventual changes in its policy. Environmental aspects In 2002, we launched the 'Veldleeuwerik' (Skylark) project, our sustainable barley programme in the Netherlands. Its aim is to improve our understanding of the parameters that play a key role in improving the sustainability of the relevant agricultural sector and thus define sustainability for the farmer and all his crops, including barley. As part of the project, we have joined forces with institutes, universities, welfare organisations and farmers. One of Skylark's unique features is that the farmer plays a key role. Farmers participated in measuring a number of indicators, including soil fertility, nutrients, biodiversity, water consumption and crop protection. Through learning and exchange of expertise they were able to share best practices and improve their scores against the indicators. In 2006, the number of participating farmers increased from 10 to 60. In the Netherlands barley has become a rotation crop. Consequently, the project now focuses on soil depletion and crop rotation, because it has become increasingly apparent that the key to improving sustainable barley largely depends on the sustainable performance and good soil treatment by farmers. In 2006, the success of the cooperation with several participants from different sectors in the food industry, the 'Friends in Rotation', was made explicit by an increase in the number of farmers who participate in the project to approximately 60 and the establishment of the Skylark Foundation. In its present form, the project will be concluded in 2008, but we are convinced that the unique cooperation among the relevant participants will continue even after conclusion of the project. To date, the results of the Skylark project have been positive and we have acquired a great deal of knowledge and practical experience. We will use this experience when we define our needs and requirements towards our suppliers (maltings) and this will obviously affect our own malting activities. A review scheduled to take place in 2007 will provide a clearer insight into the feasibility of global scale, but whatever its outcome, we will maintain our commitment to play an active role in improving environmental performance across the entire agricultural supply chain. QQ Heineken N.V. £-£- Sustainability Report 2006

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