Demand Tyson Foods Stop Polluting Waterways

Target: Justin Whitmore, Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Chief Sustainability Office

Goal: Urge Tyson Foods to adopt a water stewardship policy, reducing water pollution.

Last week, global campaign organization Mighty Earth led a conference alongside community members in Accomack County, Arkansas, urging meat mogul Tyson Foods to adopt a water stewardship policy nationwide. Tyson Foods voted against the resolution, which demanded Tyson Foods address water pollution, which is becoming increasingly problematic, especially with the 250 new chicken houses in the county.

Last year, the Gulf of Mexico’s biggest dead zone was connected to Tyson Foods. Toxins from manure and agriculture run-off contributed to algae blooms that then led to major fish die-offs. Over the past decade, Tyson Foods has dumped over 104 million tons of pollutants into waterways. This pollution reaches drinking water sources, with over seven million Americans in 48 states  affected, according to a report in 2015 by an environmental group. Nutrients found in fertilizer and toxins from manure are huge contributors water pollution, and we’ll see this problem grow as long as we retain our meat appetite and so long as Tyson Foods does not find more sustainable ways to feed and process livestock.

Community members and campaigners asked Tyson Foods to present a method to reduce their nitrate pollution, as well as timelines and commitments that would measure their progress. However, Tyson Foods reasoned that they already have procedures in place that address water pollution and that adopting another policy would be unnecessary. It would only be unnecessary if they were making significant progress and had tangible proof to show for it, but this is not the case. Sign the petition below to urge Tyson Foods to adopt a water stewardship policy and help reduce water pollution.


Dear Mr. Whitmore,

On February 8, 2018, Tyson Foods shareholders voted against adopting a water stewardship policy. The resolution asked the company to reduce nitrate pollution and specific timelines and commitments that would measure how and how much you are reducing your contribution to nitrates in waterways. You replied that you already had procedures in place addressing these concerns, and that adopting the stewardship policy would be unnecessary.

I understand that Tyson Foods is transparent about their sustainability practices, but you are not addressing valid community concerns. It is known that nitrate contamination is prevalent in proximity to Tyson Foods facilities. Complete sustainability and sustainable practices are not achieved overnight, but I urge you to take this step towards helping reduce nitrate pollution. Adopt a nationwide stewardship policy to address Tyson Foods’ sustainability shortcomings and take responsibility for water pollution damages.


[Your Name Here]

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  3. D. Farrimond says:

    SIMPLE – THEY DO THE RIGHT THING OR YOU FINE THEM MILLIONS OF $$$ – That is the only thing they will care about

  4. Tyson and the Government is equally responsible! No regulations = permitting what ever a company pleases! Start from the top!

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