Cargill Steps Up Support for Sustainable Agriculture
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Cargill, Inc. (3091Z:US) is taking steps across several dimensions to conduct responsible business. From operating responsible supply chains to working to feed the world and enriching local communities, Cargill is making significant efforts globally, as outlined in its 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report.
The report highlights the company’s efforts to promote sustainable agriculture, with particular reference to its commitment to the responsible production of palm, cocoa and soy. The company is also helping advance global food safety practices and working with small farmers to enhance productivity and income.
Cargill has made a contribution of $69 million to communities across the world to improve food security and support educational and environmental efforts. The company’s employees logged over a quarter of a million hours helping local communities build schools, stock food shelves, respond to natural calamities and participate in eco-friendly projects.
The company is setting new standards in poultry production. In the Anhui province in China, Cargill is undertaking an ambitious project to develop a fully integrated poultry business. The business will span the complete supply chain, from raising the birds to processing and distributing poultry products to consumers with latest food safety standards.
Cargill is promoting sustainable production of cocoa. Its first Asian cocoa processing facility in Indonesia will produce cocoa powders from locally sourced beans. It will employ the expertise available through its innovation centers in China and Malaysia. The company is already engaging with small farmers to improve bean quality and yield, and focusing on its commitment to sustainable cocoa production globally.
In Brazil, Cargill is building a wet corn mill that will produce sweeteners and starches for foods and beverages. The company is also developing the mill as a bio-refinery where it will provide water, feedstock, steam and services to nearby manufacturers of bio-based products. At the company’s High River beef processing facility in Canada, it has installed a waste-to-fuel system that converts organic waste into electrical power and steam. This, along with the plant’s methane capture-system, will make High River the most eco-friendly beef plant in the world.
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