Cargill Advancing Nature-positive, Farmer-centric Agriculture Approach

The company's strategy will help enable the necessary 70% growth in food production over the next 30 years to feed the world’s expanding population.

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An ever-expanding global population is projected to require the world’s farms to produce approximately 70% more food over the next 30 years. To increase the volume of agricultural products sustainably, Cargill is advancing a nature-positive agriculture production and farmer-centric approach.

Nature-positive production focuses on limiting the destruction and depletion of land by evolving the techniques proven to increase volume and efficiency, while adopting regenerative agriculture practices that prioritize land sustainability. By doing so, farmers can feed more people and address climate change.

These practices include planting cover crops and implementing reduced- or no-till farming to help sequester carbon in the ground, build soil resilience, and improve water quality. One way Cargill is helping make these practices more tenable for farmers is through RegenConnect, a voluntary market-based program that pays farmers per ton of carbon captured in their soil.

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Cargill also is helping farmers make sustainable agriculture economically feasible by ensuring they receive a premium for sustainably sourced crops. Through the Triple S (sustainability sourced and supplied) soy program in South America, Cargill provides customers in Asia, Europe, and North America certified deforestation-free soy from farmers in Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina.

By making sustainable, regenerative agriculture financially viable for farmers, these nature-positive production practices can scale more quickly and become standard.

“If we’re going to succeed in sustainably transforming our food and agriculture system, we have to help farmers take a nature-positive approach,” says Pilar Cruz, Cargill’s chief sustainability officer. “That’s why we’re working directly with farmers around the world on initiatives that protect, regenerate, and restore the land. This is how we will make a meaningful difference, one field and one farm at a time.”

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