More than 120 organic and natural food companies this week participated in online meetings with federal lawmakers, urging them to ensure that economic recovery plans include investments that reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.
The companies taking part in the afternoon of virtual policy briefings and advocacy trainings with members of Congress and their staff were part of a group of more than 330 businesses from every sector of the economy that joined Ceres’ Lawmaker Education and Advocacy Day, known as LEAD on Climate 2020.
Participating organic and natural product companies included KeHE, Numi Tea, Stonyfield Farms, General Mills, Ben & Jerry’s, Seventh Generation, Clif Bar, UNFI, Amy’s Kitchen, Gaia Herbs, and Grove Collaborative, among others.
“Now is the time to come together and call on leaders to act on climate and rebuild the sustainable economy we need – not go backwards to the antiquated and polluting economy we had pre-coronavirus,” said Matthew McCarthy, CEO of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc.
The companies, many of which are members of the Climate Collaborative, an industry initiative to mitigate the impacts of climate change, believe that the Covid-19 crisis has been “a wake-up call for the looming threat of climate change.”
“Even in the midst of this crisis, Stonyfield remains committed to climate action because we know it will make us a stronger business and help farmers be more resilient,” said Lisa Drake, director of sustainability innovation at Stonyfield, the world’s largest maker of organic yogurt. “Today we are asking lawmakers to consider the opportunity to create jobs and transition to a cleaner, more resilient economy by building back better.”
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