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Friday, September 1st, 2023 1:01 PM

Conversations are Key to Change

At Oatly, we make products with oats to make it easy for people to eat more plant-based. For those in our community who have followed us since our early post-milk generation days in Sweden, you have probably heard us talk about how the urgency of the current climate crisis requires us to act now. Science supports the idea that plant-based eating is one way that we as individuals can make a difference in our personal environmental footprint (Poore & Nemecek., 2018).


This idea of swapping out meat and dairy from our diets for the sake of people and planet can challenge cultural norms and personal habits. Food is such a core part of our identities and daily experience. It also challenges existing industries, who might feel threatened and do everything in their power to protect their business. And topics like sustainability and nutrition can inherently be complex and nuanced. So, we understand that in advocating for plant-based eating, we invite ourselves to passionate opinions and debates.


On Oatly Fans and our social media channels, we strive to maintain a fair, healthy and open environment for discussions. We want real people to feel welcome to express their thoughts and experiences, not buried under content from bots or comment farms. As a company with strong roots in science (you can read about our connection with Lund University here), it’s important to us that the information being spread in our comment sections comes from independent, trusted, science-based sources.


We assume that if you’re reading this, you’re most likely a real person. Please rest assured that we don’t believe that foul language, harassment, false information and/or abuse have a place in our community spaces. Our community team actively works to protect the mental well-being of all people who come to hang out in our spaces by moderating abusive content that’s not in line with our social media policy. We will do our best to foster balanced conversations, using compassion, curiosity, science-based facts and sources. Because we believe that continuing to engage with each other, with sincerity, humor and an open mind, is key to creating a better future online and off.


Poore, J., & Nemecek, T. (2018). Reducing food’s environmental impacts through producers and consumers. Science, 360(6392), 987-992. (With additional calculations for the BBC’s food calculator provided by J. Poore on oatmilk, almond milk, and rice milk.)

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