Press Release Contact: Kyle W. Kempf, Green Century Capital Management, email@example.com, (617) 482-0800
Boston, September 26, 2019 – A Green Century shareholder proposal with Lamb Weston, calling for the company to disclose its pesticide use and its impact on pollinators, is being considered at its annual meeting in Eagle, Idaho, today. Lamb Weston is one of the world’s largest suppliers of frozen potato products.
“Lamb Weston needs to disclose to its investors and the public how it is working to reduce its use of pesticides to protect pollinators, public health, the environment, the global food system, and shareholder value.” said Green Century President Leslie Samuelrich. “Without this information, investors cannot adequately assess whether the company is paying sufficient attention to the risks, costs, and opportunities associated with pesticide use and the associated impact on pollinator health.”
Potatoes consistently rank on the notorious ‘dirty dozen’ list of fruits and vegetables with the highest amount of pesticides.
Pesticide use has caused a 48-fold increase in the toxicity of agriculture for bees and other insects in the last 25 years, according to recent research.
This toxicity is decimating the pollinator population. Honeybees, responsible for the pollination of $15 billion worth of annual U.S. crops, had their colonies plummet by 40% last year; and 40% of the world’s insect species are in decline.
Neonicotinoids, which are commonly used in potato farming, have been directly implicated in pollinator decline.
Glyphosate, another common pesticide, has been classified as a probable human carcinogen by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer.
Trillium Asset Management was the lead filer of the shareholder proposal.
Learn more about Green Century’s shareholder advocacy program here.
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