ARLINGTON, VA – FMI – The Food Industry Association has joined a new alliance representing farmers, forest owners, the food sector, state governments and environmental advocates called the Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA).
The alliance recognizes the important role the entire food supply chain plays in climate solutions, and therefore, these partners have joined forces to develop and promote shared climate policy priorities. Together, they will present Congress with more than 40 recommendations pertaining to agricultural and forestry climate policy.
“Agriculture has always been at the mercy of unpredictable elements, but a rapidly changing climate is making farming an even more challenging enterprise,” said Leslie Sarasin, president and chief executive officer of FMI. “The intricacies of our food system, including growing and producing food, transporting it, selling it, and mitigating food loss or waste all contribute to climate change. Addressing food and environmental concerns across the supply chain isn’t simple work. It will quite literally take farm to fork working together to make change.”
Sarasin noted that the supply chain needs consumers to engage on these challenges to help reinforce our larger climate goals. Food waste education is key to encouraging consumers – and young people in particular – to focus on ways they can be successful agents of change in the broader climate change discussion. Consistent with this thinking, the consumer-facing recommendations enhance and support the larger sustainability goals of the entire group.
Learn more about the Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance at www.agclimatealliance.com.