Over the last year or so, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the food industry’s most powerful trade group and one which had fought vehemently against GMO-labeling, has suffered an exodus of members. This was largely due to differences in policy, including positions on GMO-labeling and nutritional issues.
Believing that its interests needed representation on Capitol Hill separate from the major chemical/GMO companies, founding member companies Danone North America, Mars Incorporated, Nestlé USA, and Unilever United States have formed the Sustainable Food Policy Alliance (SFPA).
The SFPA is focused on five key areas: consumer transparency, environment, food safety, nutrition, and people and communities.
While it does not appear that organic will be specifically on its agenda, the SFPA is working on initiatives very aligned with our industry, notably soil health, water quality, conservation, cutting greenhouse gas emissions and more.
Needless to say, it is a very positive development to have companies of this scale and impact to be lobbying in Washington, D.C. for these vitally important matters. And it should not be surprising to see numerous organic food companies end up joining the SFPA, due to this group’s apparent desire to fight for soil health — a real priority for the organic industry.
To learn more about the SFPA, click here.
Have a great day!
Max Goldberg, Founder
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