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November 26, 2020 - Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Cargill: the company feeding the world by helping destroy the planet

Cargill: the company feeding the world by helping destroy the planet
Soy plantations in Brazilian Cerrado regionCredit: Greenpeace

When it comes to explaining the impact of America’s second biggest private company on your life, no one puts it better than the company itself.

“We are the flour in your bread,” says one of Cargill’s corporate brochures, “the wheat in your noodles, the salt on your fries. We are the corn in your tortillas, the chocolate in your dessert, the sweetener in your soft drink. We are the oil in your salad dressing and the beef, pork or chicken you eat for dinner. We are the cotton in your clothing, the backing on your carpet and the fertiliser in your field.’”

In its 155 years, Cargill has insinuated itself into almost every aspect of global agribusiness, transforming the way human beings produce and consume food.

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