Washington, D.C.- A group of U.S. House members are asking the multinational food company Danone to follow through on its commitment to support local dairy farms.
Representatives Peter Welch (D-VT), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH), and Jared Golden (D-ME), have sent a letter to company, which owns Horizon Organic, urging the it to follow through on its vow to invest in dairy farm infrastructure.
“Danone promised assistance to our region and the farmers they are leaving behind,” the letter said. “We believe Danone has a responsibility to make good on those promises. Therefore, we request Danone respond to our region’s 89 organic dairy farms with clear and explicit steps for when and how its promised co-investment will be delivered.”
Danone made the commitment after cutting ties with 89 farms across the Northeast region last summer, due to rising transportation costs. Their departure left those farms with no buyer for their products. Welch and his colleagues say there has been no evidence of the company following through on that commitment.
This is the second letter the group has written to the food company; the first was sent in October 2021. In response to that letter, Danone proposed a series of steps they could take to mitigate the impact caused by their leaving the region, including helping invest in organic dairy infrastructure.
Danone hasn’t responded to a request for comment.