Financing Food Justice
The importance of bees and other pollinators on our food system is substantial. About one out of every three bites we eat comes from plants pollinated by honeybees, and more than 85% of the plant species on earth require pollinators to exist. According to the USDA, “bee-pollinated commodities account for $20 billion in annual U.S. agricultural production and $217 billion worldwide.”
However, our food system faces peril as pollinator populations have declined significantly in recent years. A growing body of science has emerged pointing to neo-nicotinoid pesticides, or “neonics,” the most widely used class of insecticides in the world, as a major contributor to bee losses.
To tackle this issue, ICCR members led by Trillium Asset Management and the Sustainability Group of Loring, Wolcott & Coolidge, approached nineteen companies exposed to potential systemic risks from declining pollinator populations.
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