Oatly, whose main product uses oats for plant-based milk, has listed climate change as a risk factor on their IPO registration, The Verge reported. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has shared that investor demand and interest in climate change disclosures have increased.

“Our ability to ensure a continuing supply of high-quality oats and other raw materials for our products at competitive prices depends on many factors beyond our control,” the registration includes, “Additionally, the oats from which our products are sourced are vulnerable to adverse weather conditions and natural disasters, such as floods, droughts, frosts, earthquakes, hurricanes, pestilence and other shortages and disease, which can adversely impact quantity and quality, leading to reduced oat yields and quality, which in turn could reduce the available supply of, or increase the price of, our raw materials.”

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Oatly is upfront in its acknowledgment of both climate change and agricultural variances affecting its products. Much like New Belgium Beer’s Earth Day beer release, the company is publicizing the importance of reducing climate change for its end product success.

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The company’s blatant acknowledgment of climate change related to oat yields is revolutionary, much like the company itself. “There is also the concern that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere may have an adverse impact on global temperatures, weather patterns and the frequency and severity of extreme weather and natural disasters. If such climate change has a negative effect on agricultural productivity, we may be subject to decreased availability or less favorable pricing for oats and other raw materials that are necessary for our products,” another part of the registration reads.

Increased temperatures and CO2 concentrations could negatively impact crops, including oats, in the future. As a result, they could be more susceptible to contamination by mycotoxins, which would make them unfit for consumption.

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Plant-based milks have a much smaller environmental impact than dairy milk, and among all of the plant-based milks, oat milk seems to be the most eco-friendly.  Its CO2 emissions, land use, and water use are quite small, especially in comparison to dairy milk.

Make oat milk at home using the recipes below:

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Learn more about the benefits of non-dairy milk and the health risks associated with dairy milk, below:

Learn How to Cook Plant-Based Meals at Home

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