Speaking at the Fortune Brainstorm Green 2014 conference on May 20, Cargill President and Chief Executive Officer David MacLennan highlighted complexities and tradeoffs involved in producing more food, more sustainably as a growing global population becomes more urban and more prosperous.
In a Joint Declaration entitled, ‘Actions towards a more sustainable European food chain’, representatives from across Europe’s food chain and the NGO community encourage EU policy makers to support a more cohesive approach to safeguarding the sustainability of food systems for future generations.
At first blush, it certainly sounds like a good word, a warm and fuzzy word. A word that surely belongs hand-in-hand with the many R words we use in sustainability conversations. It’s a word that conveys a sense of closing nature’s loop and returning materials right back into the bosom of mother earth. But the B word—”biodegradable”—has no place in modern sustainability conversations. It’s outdated. Maybe it used to be the holy grail of the quest to make materials more sustainable, but we’ve gotten smarter. We’ve learned. It’s now time for our lexicon to reflect how much we know, and it’s time for us to use our modern understanding of sustainability to have meaningful conversations—conversations that don’t include yesterday’s buzzwords. So, thanks, B word, we’ve learned a lot from talking about you, but it’s time for us to part ways.
Greenpeace International has revealed a selection of companies, including Procter & Gamble and Reckitt Benckiser, whose sourcing policies expose consumers to forest destruction.
Barry Callebaut, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products, is to be honored for its collective sustainability efforts over the past years with the prestigious “Sustainable Standard-Setter” award at the Rainforest Alliance 2013 Annual Gala on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 to be held at New York’s American Museum of Natural History.
Cargill has supplied the first-ever sustainable verified rapeseed oil to Unilever with an initial consignment covering five percent of Unilever’s rapeseed oil needs. In the next three years Cargill’s European refined oils and grain & oilseed businesses will be able to meet all of Unilever’s sustainable rapeseed oil needs, which is used in products including margarines and mayonnaises. As a strategic supplier, Cargill is playing a key role in supporting Unilever’s ambitious target to source 100 percent of its agricultural raw materials as part of its Sustainable Living Plan by 2020.
Confectionery giant Mars predicts a major cocoa shortage by 2020 and reveals harmonization of global cocoa certification programmes to ensure meaningful income hikes for farmers is one of its sustainable cocoa project goals.