Onancock, Virginia – Mighty Earth Eastern Shore will host a press conference at the Onancock Wharf as Tyson shareholders vote on a resolution urging Tyson to adopt a water stewardship policy this Thursday. The event is part of a nationwide campaign to push the country’s largest meat producer to address the widespread water contamination caused by its supply chain, which has caught shareholders’ attention.
Shareholders are expressing concern that Tyson’s failure to clean up its polluting track record is tarnishing the company’s brand among consumers and prompting towns to reject new plants, posing a risk to investor returns. Since Mighty Earth released its investigation last August revealing Tyson Foods to be a primary driver of water pollution across the country, nine communities in regions heavily impacted by nitrate water contamination, including Accomack County, have joined the #CleanItUpTyson campaign petitioning Tyson to adopt better agricultural practices.
In Springdale, AR, Jay Ford of Virginia Eastern Shorekeeper will be representing the Eastern Shore perspective on the floor of the Tyson Shareholders Meeting. Meanwhile in Onancock, VA, local speakers will present a range of perspectives on why Tyson’s recent Eastern Shore expansion is concerning and why it’s crucial that the company address water pollution.
Tyson’s CEO has pledged to re-position the company as a sustainability leader as part of its rebranding effort, and the event will demonstrate shareholders and the public interest in seeing water management be a central part of that strategy.
David Fick, Nandua Oyster Company, LLC and Tyson Shareholder
Matt Cormans, Ecologist
Sue Mastyl, Board Member of Virginia Eastern Shorekeeper
Norman Colpitts, Concerned Citizen
Thursday, February 8, 2018 10am EST
Onancock Wharf, 2 Market Street, Onancock, Virginia 23417
Street parking available