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Tuesday, September 20th, 2022 6:24 AM


Hi I'd like to switch to using Oatly but I'm concerned about impact of pesticides and fertiliser use on insects. Are you able to tell us a bit more about your policy on this please? 😊

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2 years ago

Hi Rebecca,

Thanks for reaching out with your concern! 

We will always make sure that the ingredients we use meet our requirements in terms of quality and sustainability, so we place high demands on our suppliers. We do not grow oats (or other ingredients) ourselves since we buy them from different suppliers on our different markets. Farmers are required to follow the rules on pesticides and fertilizer use set out by the suppliers themselves.

If we specifically take a look at oats, you can rest assured that the level of pesticide residues in the oats we buy are far below the safety limits thanks to our specification of requirements to our oat suppliers. When it comes to glyphosate, our suppliers in Europe continually analyze samples for glyphosate per harvest, and no trace has ever been found. In the US, our products are certified glyphosate residue free by The Detox Project. 

Looking at fertilizers, our oat suppliers grow their oats according to current regulations for conventional and organic farming. In conventional farming, mineral fertilizers and manure are the most common options. Mineral fertilizers are not allowed in organic farming, so therefore manure and residues from animals are used instead. 

Oatly has initiated several projects focusing on finding sustainable agricultural solutions together with farmers and ingredient suppliers over the years, and we aim to invest in agriculture solutions that for example increase biodiversity. If you’d like to know more about our work on sustainable ingredient sourcing, here’s a summary of parts of our ambitions for 2029.

Hope this helps in making the switch! We’re always here to chat if you have any further questions.

All the best,
Rebecka at Oatly