April 11, 2017
Ownership matters. Green Century was founded and is still owned by non-profit organizations working to protect our environment and public health. One of their priorities is helping keep antibiotics effective for our future by curbing their use in meat supply chains.
In a major win for public health, Kentucky Fried Chicken* (KFC) just announced a commitment to stop serving chickens raised with antibiotics important to human health in any of its U.S. locations by the end of 2018.
Approximately 70% of antibiotics important for human health are sold for use in animal production, and this overuse breeds antibiotic-resistant bacteria, or “superbugs”. That’s why moving companies like KFC, the second-largest chicken chain in the U.S., is a critical piece of protecting these life-saving medicines for our future.
How did our non-profit owners move the fried chicken giant?
It started with a letter. Our owners, the state Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs) delivered a letter signed by more than 80 consumer and health organizations to KFC’s parent company, Yum! Brands,* in January of 2016, asking the company to protect antibiotics and change its purchasing guidelines.
The groups continued with a yearlong campaign of public pressure, which included generating almost 5,000 calls into KFC’s headquarters and collecting nearly half a million petition signatures.
And on April 7th, they won. Estimates suggest that the new commitment by KFC could help lead to the end of the routine use of medically important antibiotics in most of the U.S. chicken industry.
Our unique ownership is an important way in which Green Century investors make an impact. If you are already a Green Century investor, thank you. If you have yet to invest, you can learn more about how Green Century investors make an impact on our website, or by contacting us at 1-800-934-7336 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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