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      Tell Tyson's New CEO: Keep Your Promise in Springdale

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      October 7, 2020

      Wednesday   8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

      2200 West Don Tyson Parkway
      Springdale, Arkansas 72762

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      Tell Tyson's New CEO: Keep Your Promise

      This October Dean Banks will arrive at Tyson Foods to start work as the company’s new CEO. We're showing up, too.

      In 2018 Tyson made a pledge to fundamentally change the company's business model and implement practices that restore the land and bring us closer to a livable climate. As Dean Banks starts as CEO, we in Northwest Arkansas will be there to say that business-as-usual is not compatible with a habitable planet, and that Tyson must deliver on their sustainability commitment they announced two years ago.

      We applaud the historic promise Tyson made to begin using regenerative practices and to protect our water, soil and climate. But that promise has not yet been kept. Their deadline is just months away and Tyson has failed delivered on this commitment.

      Tyson pledged to protect 2 million acres of land by the end of this year. And yet so far Tyson has only protected 20% of that land. Tyson has released no details on what conservation practices it has used or how progress will be tracked, asking the public to trust them in blind faith and with no accountability. Tyson also committed to reduce emissions by 30% by 2030 - a goal that aims for too little, and delivers it too late. This target is simply insufficient when leading scientists agree we must cut emissions by at least half by the end of the decade to even have a good likelihood of having a habitable planet.

      The pandemic has made even more obvious what we already knew: that the industrial meat system is fundamentally broken. Workers in Northwest Arkansas are facing an impossible choice between returning to unsafe factories or being unable to feed their families. They are falling sick in droves and often have limited legal, financial, and medical recourse. Innocent animals are being tortured by the billion - a scale of suffering unfathomable to the human imagination. Meanwhile exposure to animals is causing three-fourths of diseases in human societies - bird flu, swine flu, and possibly even AIDS are all tragic examples. Simultaneously the production of meat is causing vast land-use changes responsible for biodiversity loss, climate change and exposure to zoonotic diseases poised to cause future pandemics.

      The need has never been more obvious for Tyson to put workers' lives first, adopt regenerative agriculture practices, and rapidly shift toward plant-based alternatives.

      When Dean Banks walks in for his first day as CEO we will show him that the public demands not a return to "normal" but a fundamental reimaginging of his company.

      See you in the streets.

      LOCATION: Tyson HQ, 2200 W Don Tyson Pkwy, Springdale
      TIME: October 13, 2020, 9:00 AM
      COVID NOTE: we will keep the protest Covid-safe by requiring all attendees to wear masks and maintaining social distancing. If you feel sick or are at a high-risk, please stay home.

      Cost: Free -

      Categories: Politics & Activism

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