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Companies Collaborate, Call on Peers to Address Future of Food

It doesn’t take a meteorologist to tell you that a perfect storm is brewing.

Global temperatures continue to increase with April 2016 being the hottest April on record. And at the same time our global population continues to grow. The effects of climate change will create risk in our food systems, impacting farmers, food production and our ability to feed a growing world population.

Climate change is a core business issue for Kellogg to assure we have continued access to secure supplies of the ingredients we use in the foods our consumers love and trust. The future of our foods and our passion to relieve hunger drives our ambition to address climate change and collaborate on solutions.

I’m honored to be in Washington, DC today with leaders from DuPont, Elanco, Hormel and Land O’ Lakes, to share more about our companies’ commitments to improving sustainable agriculture. As members of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s CEO Council on Sustainability and Innovation, we’re today releasing Food for Thought: A Call to Action on the Future of Sustainable Agriculture.

Through the report, each of the council members are committing to the following actions and encouraging others in the industry to join us in:

·        Improving livelihoods, productivity, and resiliency through more sustainable practices.

·        Engaging customers and consumers through transparent communications around food and agriculture.

·        Increasing collaborative decision-making across the food and agriculture supply chain.

Cross-industry and collaborative efforts such as this, and the climate leadership engagement I’ve seen from the food industry in the past year, give me hope. I’m hopeful because innovative solutions exist. We know that shared success catalyzes change, which benefits us all and supersedes competition. And I’m optimistic because the more we use our voice of leadership to engage in public discussions about food and climate, the larger our impacts will be.

We know consumers want to know how and where their food is made and who helped make it. We recognize they have questions as they seek understanding on how we’re improving sustainability through the entire food production chain.

This includes helping to improve the livelihoods of our farmer families and their communities, protecting the lands where our ingredients are grown and reducing our own use of natural resources in the making of our foods.  Our commitments to support improved livelihoods for a half-million farmers, combined with our commitment to address global hunger through Breakfasts For Better Days demonstrate how we deliver against these actions.

Our dedication to real food, transparency, fighting hunger and driving sustainability helps Kellogg earn a seat at millions of tables every day.

But we know we cannot do this alone, which underscores the importance of the council’s report to inspire others across the food and agriculture supply chain to progress their sustainability journey.