Oxfam Says Food Companies Big Greenhouse Gas Emitters

Oxfam says that Aussies who like having Cornflakes for breakfast will probably be shocked to learn that the brand’s manufacturer Kellogg’s count’s itself as one of the worst performing food and drink companies ranked by level of greenhouse gas emissions

The NGO published a report titled “Standing on the Sidelines” which calls on those in the F&B industry that are lagging, such as General Mills and Kellogg’s to cut the level of emissions within their supply chain.

Kelly Dent, a food policy specialist with Oxfam Australia says that the ten largest food and beverage companies in the world combined emit more greenhouse gasses than Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland put together.

Ms. Dent says that ranked in terms of countries, the F&B companies would be the 25th most polluting country in the world.

She adds the 10 biggest companies have the capacity to cut emissions by 80 million tonnes by 2020, the point at which global emissions really need to start reducing if the world wants a climate that is safe.

The global food system which includes everything from production to transport and refrigeration is responsible for between 25 to 27 per cent of green house gas emissions.

Of the total emissions produced by the so called Big 10, half come from the production of agricultural materials from their supply chain which are not covered by the companies reduction targets.

Ms. Dents says that some of the businesses have admitted that climate change was already impacting them financially.

Unilever says that each year it loses US$415 million whilst rival General Mills says that it lost 62 days of production during the first fiscal quarter of the year due to extreme weather events that will continue to get worse as a result of climate change.

Oxfam says that that the price of products such as Corn Flakes may well end up increasing over the next decade and a half, because of climate change.

Oxfam predicts that the price of key products like Kellogg’s Corn Flakes could rise over the next 15 years – for example, up to 44 per cent in the UK – because of climate change.

“Too many of today’s food and beverage giants are crossing their fingers and hoping that climate change won’t disrupt the food system, imagining someone else will fix it. As companies that are deeply exposed to climate impacts, it’s in the interest of food and beverage companies to see a more ambitious national and global response. We are therefore urging them to also speak up for stronger government policies and programs to tackle climate change,” Ms. Dent said

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