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Cargill expands commitments on climate change, fortifies support for Paris Agreement goals by Kristen Leigh Painter December 04,2019   |  Source: Star Tribune

Minnetonka-based Cargill Inc. committed Tuesday to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in its entire supply chain — from farm fields to fast food kitchens — by 30% per ton of product in the next decade.

The commitment follows a contentious summer when Cargill faced severe activist criticism for its presence as a soy trader in Brazil during the recent spate of fires in and around the Amazon.

Its latest announcement coincides with the United Nations' climate summit, officially called the Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Convention on Climate Change, in Madrid this week.

"We've come under scrutiny around what is happening in soy in South America and Brazil, and that has just continued to reinforce for us that there's a critical role for us to play in food and agriculture in doing what we do in a more sustainable way," Ruth Kimmelshue, head of Cargill's supply chain and sustainability, told the Star Tribune. "Since then, there's been a pretty significant ramp up in attention [both externally and internally] on ensuring that we execute on our purpose around sustainable supply chains."

"As a large and influential company in the agriculture sector, Cargill's actions will positively impact the food industry and help companies further downstream reduce their own

 

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