March 13, 2017
Antibiotics have been called the miracle of modern medicine, and Starbucks is doing its part to make sure they stay that way.
Over the past few months, we have worked closely with Starbucks to help develop the company’s new antibiotic policy, announced in February, which set a goal to eliminate the routine use of medically important antibiotics from the company’s poultry supply chain by 2020.
Starbucks’ commitment comes at a crucial time, when antibiotic resistance has been named a global public health crisis that threatens to overturn modern medical advances. Without effective antibiotics, ordinary illnesses and surgeries could once again become life-threatening.
A major contributor to the rise in antibiotic resistant bacteria is the overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture. Today, 70% of antibiotics important to human health are sold for use in meat and dairy production in the United States.
That is why Green Century is working with companies like Starbucks to end the routine use of antibiotics in agriculture, and keep antibiotics effective for human health.
Starbucks has nearly 8,000 stores in the United States alone, and food is a fast-growing part of its revenue stream. With this decision, the company joins a growing movement working to reduce the irresponsible use of antibiotics in our food supply chain.
Will you join us in saying thank you by adding your name? We will deliver the names to Starbucks at the company’s annual shareholder meeting later this month.
Thank you for making this possible.
Green Century Capital Management
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