Breweries break bread to fight climate change

A coalition of 25 breweries has called on world leaders to work together to combat the climate and nature emergency.

Coordinated by Toast Ale, an open letter from breweries including Adnams, Beavertown, Guinness and Meantime urges leaders to seize the “once in a lifetime opportunity to protect people and nature from the effects of the global climate crisis” by making concrete commitments at the crucial COP26 climate summit in Glasgow next month.

Each of the signatories has also created a limited edition beer using bread that would otherwise have gone to waste. Toast Ale, which has been brewing with bread since the company was founded in 2015, has supplied pre-prepared surplus crumb and shared expertise with the other breweries.

The limited-edition Companion Series of beers goes on sale on Friday October 15th with part of the proceeds from each sale invested in conservation and regenerative agriculture projects run by Rainforest Trust UK and Soil Heroes.

The letter highlights how reducing food waste is a key measure in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation, citing evidence that food systems are responsible for one-third of GHG emissions and 80% of deforestation.

“It’s exciting to be launching the Companion Series alongside 24 of our Companion breweries,” said Tristram Stuart, food waste campaigner and co-founder of Toast Ale.

“Not only are we raising funds for two fantastic organisations doing important work within forest conservation and regenerative agriculture, we’re also sending a message to world leaders, fellow businesses and society at large that we are committed to collaborating in order to tackle a problem that is bigger than all of us.”

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