Food production should never come at the expense of human health.
Yet the industrialization of agriculture, intended to help feed the earth’s growing population, has had many unintended environmental and social consequences, including the overuse of artificial fertilizers and pesticides, and generation of enormous quantities of animal waste that are contaminating our soil, air and water. Food-related companies that commit to sustainable production methods that minimize environmental and social impacts will preserve both the planet’s resources and the loyalty of consumers who are increasingly demanding sustainably produced foods.
Featured ICCR Initiatives
In an age of climate change, ICCR seeks food justice, and calls on companies in the agriculture sector to adopt sustainable agriculture policies reducing:
Deforestation: Companies should seek to mitigate the impact of climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cover the entire value chain, from the sourcing of materials via deforestation, to consumers’ use of products and product disposal.
Pesticide use: Companies should seek to decrease and eventually eliminate reliance and improper use of pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides -- including glysophosphate and neonics -- which threaten human and environmental health in the long term.
Featured Best Practice
Unilever. Unilever has one of its sector's strongest sustainable agriculture policies.
- ICCR Statement of Principles and Recommended Practices for Sustainable and Equitable Food Production
- Scaling Up Agroecology: A Tool for Policy
- Oxfam Behind the Brands