10 ESG Investments for 2021 - Part 5

These farms are good for the environment

Andrew Willis 29 April, 2021 | 4:50PM
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Andrew Willis: It’s time again for Morningstar Sustainalytics’ “10 for 2021” – which presents investors with 10 ESG investment themes that can positively contribute to advancing United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In this series, we’ll feature a new development each week so that you can ‘create impact through thematic investing’.

This week, we’re talking about certified sustainable products – specifically land-based farming that maintains the natural environment so that it can continue providing us withfood, clothing and anything else we need on an ongoing basis.

Organic certifications, for example, are just a part of it. We also need to avoid land erosion, nutrient depletion, acidification, and other unsustainable situations – because we’ve already lost of third of the world’s productive land currently used to grow crops.

So, how can investors help? You could start by supporting some of the biggest food distributors that decide to take on sustainable products into their supply chains. One of them is Singapore-based Olam international (OLMIY) that offers an outlet for names such as Rainforest Alliance.

We see momentum building in the organic food space with the global market surpassing 110 billion U.S. dollars in 2018, up from only 15 billion in 2000. As growing issues like climate change also increasingly impact crop sustainability – we’re likely to see more activist consumption ahead.

For Morningstar, I’m Andrew Willis.

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Andrew Willis

Andrew Willis  is Senior Editor at Morningstar Canada. He previously produced content for Fidelity Investments and finance industry events for Euromoney Institutional Investor and has written in the past for Thomson Reuters and CNN. Follow him on Twitter @Andrew_M_Willis.

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