February 15, 2017
Green Century investors just helped win a major victory in the fight to keep antibiotics effective.
Following dialogue with Green Century, Starbucks* just agreed to only serve poultry raised without the routine use of medically important antibiotics.
Antibiotics are one of the miracles of modern medicine, turning previously deadly infections into minor inconveniences. But the rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria poses grave threats to human health.
Experts believe that the overuse of antibiotics in food production is a major contributor to antibiotic resistance. An estimated 70% of antibiotics important to human health are instead used in meat and dairy production.
Pressure from Green Century and our non-profit owners has helped convince Starbucks and other industry peers, like Subway* and McDonald’s,* to phase out the use of meat from animals raised with antibiotics.
Direct engagements with companies to improve environmental practices and spur progress are more important than ever. If you are already a Green Century investor, thank you being a part of this progress. If you have yet to invest, visit us at greencentury.com or give us a call at 1-800-934-7336 to learn how to get started.
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*As of December 31, 2016, Starbucks Corporation and McDonald’s Corporation, comprised 1.66%, 1.00%, and 0.00%; and 0.00%, 1.27%, and 0.00% of the Green Century Balanced Fund, the Green Century Equity Fund, and the Green Century MSCI International Index Fund, respectively. Other securities mentioned were not held in the portfolios of any of the Funds as of December 31, 2016. References to specific securities, which will change due to the ongoing management of the Funds, should not be construed as a recommendation of a security by the Funds, their administrator, or the distributor.
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