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• Cargill is the nation's leading grain producer and is among the world's leading traders of cocoa and cotton.

• It is also a major supplier of eggs, oils, sauces and beef for fast-food giant, McDonald's.

• Cargill is being sued for knowingly sourcing from cocoa plantations that use child slave labor.

• Cargill poses a threat to farmers by pushing its genetically modified products onto the market, aggressively seeking patents for its seeds, and suing farmers that unknowingly cultivate Cargill-patented products on their farms.

• Cargill has tried to "green" its image with NatureWorks PLA, a biodegradable synthetic material that uses a corn base instead of petroleum, but Cargill does not publicize the fact that the corn used to produce NatureWorks PLA is genetically modified.

• Visit Go Green to learn how you can find the products you need without exploiting people or the planet.

-- Profile Updated 07/07/2011

About Cargill


Cargill is the largest private company in the US, reporting an income of $107.9 billion and a workforce of 131,000 in 70 countries for 2010. Cargill has subsidiaries operating in a variety of industries, ranging from meatpacking and commodity production to corn plastics. The company also plays a major role in genetically engineered products.

Campaigns

GROW Campaign

OXFAM launched the GROW campaign in 2011 to fight rising food costs and global food instability…

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OXFAM launched the GROW campaign in 2011 to fight rising food costs and global food instability. In their fight for food justice, OXFAM singles out agribusiness giants ADM, Cargill and Bunge for owning 90% of the grain market and using their insider knowledge of the industry to profit from this instability and the rising food costs.

http://www.oxfamamerica.org/files/growing-a-better-future.pdf


Campaign Against GE Corn

Surreptitiously imported by agribusiness giants such as Archer Daniels Midland and Cargill…

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Surreptitiously imported by agribusiness giants such as Archer Daniels Midland and Cargill, genetically engineered (GE) corn has contaminated "irreplaceable" corn crops in Mexico and other nations. The Organic Consumers Association and other activists are calling on corporations to remove genetically engineered crops from the market until they are found safe for human consumption and the environment.

www.organicconsumers.org/corn/index.cfm


Affiliates

There are no known affiliates associated with Cargill.

Contact Cargill


Cargill
Wayzata, MN 55391 USA

Phone: 952-742-7575

Web: www.cargill.com

Alerts

Environment

Rainforest Action Network reports that Cargill is responsible for the clearing & burning of 10,500 hectares of rainforest since 20…

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Rainforest Action Network reports that Cargill is responsible for the clearing & burning of 10,500 hectares of rainforest since 2005. This amounts to about an area as large as four Walt Disney Theme Parks. Since Palm Oil is in so many products it is likely that within the past week a typical consumer will have supported Cargill without even knowing it. Cargill claims to obey the standards set by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, but Rainforest Action Network disagrees.

-- Rainforest Action Network, 05/03/2010

Source URL: www.ran.org/cargillreport


A Cargill owned Palm oil plantation in Indonesia, PT Harapan Sawit Lestari, has been accused of committing significant abuses by t…

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A Cargill owned Palm oil plantation in Indonesia, PT Harapan Sawit Lestari, has been accused of committing significant abuses by the local population. The offenses vary from the polluting of local water supplies to the destruction of personal cropland. In 2007, Cargill planned to expand the plantation without an environmental impact statement, also known as an AMDAL. These allegations strongly suggest that Cargill is not committed to the production of sustainable palm oil, as its membership on the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) would suggest.

-- Rainforest Action Network, 11/01/2009

Source URL: http://ran.org/fileadmin/materials/comms/mediacontent/reports/Case_Stu...


In 2006, Cargill Salt was fined $71,000 after thousands of gallons of toxic brine were spilled along the eastern shore of San Fran…

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In 2006, Cargill Salt was fined $71,000 after thousands of gallons of toxic brine were spilled along the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay. The substance, called bittern, is a byproduct of salt-making that is harmful to fish, shrimp, and other forms of aquatic life. Cargill uses large evaporating ponds around the bay to produce thousands of tons of salt each year for food, medicine, and de-icing. The incident was the company’s fourth since 2000, and state officials became worried that the safeguards Cargill had in place were insufficient.

-- CorpWatch, 06/01/2006

Source URL: www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=13660


The Amazon rainforest is home to nearly 10 percent of the world's mammals, 15 percent of the world's known land-based plant specie…

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The Amazon rainforest is home to nearly 10 percent of the world's mammals, 15 percent of the world's known land-based plant species, and about 220,000 people from over 180 different indigenous nations. However, this biodiverse region is being threatened by deforestation caused by soy production. An estimated 1.2 million hectares of what was once rainforest have been destroyed, mostly illegally, to grow soybeans for animal feed. Operating 13 silos in the Amazon rainforest, Cargill is the leading soy producer and exporter in the region, providing everything from seeds to agrochemicals as well as the transportation and storage infrastructure needed to draw in farmers to soy production. On May 22, 2006, a team of Greenpeace activists shut down Cargill's main European soybeans export facility in the Amazon, which was operating illegally. In addition, protesters blocked a Cargill-owned factory in Britain and held a series of rallies in France.

-- Greenpeace, 05/22/2006

Source URL: www.greenpeace.org/international/news/greenpeace-activists-in-brazil


The federal government and ten states sued Cargill Inc.…

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The federal government and ten states sued Cargill Inc. for failing to comply with emissions standards outlined in the Clean Air Act. The lawsuit came after the discovery that Cargill’s corn processing plants were a major source of carbon monoxide and volatile organic compounds. The company reached a settlement in the suit by agreeing to spend $130 million to upgrade the pollution control devices at its plants. In addition, Cargill agreed to pay $1.6 million in civil penalties and to earmark $3.5 million for environmental projects across the country. Improved pollution controls at Cargill facilities are expected to reduce annual emissions by 30,000 tons.

-- Environmental Protection Action, 09/01/2005

Source URL: yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/2467feca60368729852573590040443d/f36...


Ethics and Governance

A lawsuit was brought against Cargill in 2004, accusing the company of using bribery to secure a real estate deal in Thailand.…

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A lawsuit was brought against Cargill in 2004, accusing the company of using bribery to secure a real estate deal in Thailand. A former business associate alleged that Cargill paid Thai official Suchart Tanjaroen $1.5 million U.S.D. to secure the sale of land during the country’s financial crisis. Tanjaroen had been previously accused of using unlawfully obtained land as collateral for large loans from the Bangkok Bank of Commerce.

-- Asian Business News, 05/24/2004

Source URL: none available


In 2004 Cargill reached a $24 million settlement over accusations that it participated in a fructose price-fixing cartel.…

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In 2004 Cargill reached a $24 million settlement over accusations that it participated in a fructose price-fixing cartel. Archer Daniels Midland paid $400 million to settle the same charge.

-- Associated Press, 04/20/2004

Source URL: twincities.bizjournals.com/twincities/stories/2004/05/17/daily46.html


Health and Safety

In 2009, Stephanie Smith, a 22 year-old dance teacher, filed a $100,000,000 lawsuit against Cargill after falling ill with hemolyt…

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In 2009, Stephanie Smith, a 22 year-old dance teacher, filed a $100,000,000 lawsuit against Cargill after falling ill with hemolytic-uremic system which was caused by e-coli found in meat processed by Cargill. The e-coli left Smith paralyzed and in a coma for three months. She will likely be severely disabled for the rest of her life. In 2010, Smith and Cargill settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.

-- Minnesota Public Radio, 05/12/2010

Source URL: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/05/12/ecoli-cargills...


On June 14, 2006, Scott Grossoehme, a Cargill employee in North Topeka, died in a grain elevator accident.…

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On June 14, 2006, Scott Grossoehme, a Cargill employee in North Topeka, died in a grain elevator accident. As a result, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fined Cargill $22,500 for seven alleged violations of federal rules, including a failure to adequately train employees, exposing them to the risk of being buried by the grain, and not providing lifelines to employees who walk or stand in stored grain. This was the second death in Cargill elevators in less than three years.

-- Associated Press, 11/13/2006

Source URL: www.ktka.com/news/2006/nov/13/cargill_inc_facing_osha_citations_and_fi...


Cargill and Monsanto each own 50 percent of Renessen, a company that markets genetically engineered foods across the world.…

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Cargill and Monsanto each own 50 percent of Renessen, a company that markets genetically engineered foods across the world.

-- Corporate Accountability International, 11/01/2004

Source URL: www.renessen.com/en_about.asp


Cargill and Dow are the parent companies of Cargill Dow, maker of NatureWorks PLA, a synthetic material made with corn instead of …

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Cargill and Dow are the parent companies of Cargill Dow, maker of NatureWorks PLA, a synthetic material made with corn instead of petroleum. Though Nature Works PLA is biodegradable, it is controversial because the Cargill does not publicize the fact that the corn used for its products is genetically engineered and not grown sustainably. In fact, Cargill is one of the world’s largest producers of genetically engineered corn. Critics claim that Cargill Dow products are merely another one of the company’s attempts to fight the growing criticism of genetically modified organisms through greenwashing.

-- Organic Consumers Association, 04/22/2002

Source URL: www.organicconsumers.org/corp/fleece042402.cfm


Cargill’s subsidiary Excel Corp. is a major supplier of irradiated meat products.…

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Cargill’s subsidiary Excel Corp. is a major supplier of irradiated meat products. Irradiated meat is the subject of controversy, as some argue it will lead to lax safety and hygiene practices in the meat industry.

-- Star Tribune, 04/14/2002

Source URL: www.maebrussell.com/Articles%20and%20Notes/Irradiated%20beef.html


Human Rights

According to the International Labor Rights Forum, ADM and Cargill lobbied against a 2008 farm bill that would require companies t…

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According to the International Labor Rights Forum, ADM and Cargill lobbied against a 2008 farm bill that would require companies to certify that imported chocolate was not produced using child labor.

-- International Labor Rights Forum, 04/07/2008

Source URL: http://www.laborrights.org/stop-child-labor/news/11358


According a report by the Environmental Justice Foundation, a London-based nonprofit dedicated to stopping environmental abuses, t…

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According a report by the Environmental Justice Foundation, a London-based nonprofit dedicated to stopping environmental abuses, titled "White Gold: The True Cost of Cotton," an Environmental Justice Foundation report, the Cargill Cotton division of Cargill Incorporated is a major purchaser of Uzbek cotton. Government control of the lucrative cotton industry in Uzbekistan has led to widespread human rights abuses and extreme poverty. International human rights organizations warn that leaders of Uzbekistan have turned the country into a "slave nation" in order to cheaply produce cotton for the world market. According to the Environment Justice Foundation, Uzbekistan is the world's second largest exporter of cotton, earning the country more than $1 billion in exports annually. The Karimov government employs unethical and abusive policies to reap the maximum benefit from Uzbekistan's desirable natural resource:

  • Every year, over 200,000 children are conscripted to manually harvest cotton. Schools are closed and children as young as seven are forced to inhabit camps on cotton farms. The children are given high picking quotas and most are not compensated for their labor. They subsist on bread and water, and many suffer from malnutrition as a result of hard labor and little food. Adult laborers typically earn less than $7 USD per month.
  • Water diversion from the Aral Sea to cotton fields has reduced the Aral Sea to a mere 15 percent of its original volume. Sixty percent of diverted water fails to reach its destination due to crumbling pipes and infrastructure. The depletion of the Aral Sea has led to increased instances of respiratory problems from pesticide-laden salt residue and dust in the Karakalpakstan region. Fifty percent of reported fatalities in Karakalpakstan are attributed to respiratory complications.
  • An estimated 700 civilians were killed when government forces indiscriminately shot peaceful demonstrators in the town of Andijan in May 2005. In the aftermath of the massacre, the Karimov regime embarked on an aggressive crackdown of all human rights activities, threatening and even torturing activists, and pressuring international organizations and journalists out of the country.
  • Farmers are given strict cotton quotas which they must meet in order to receive compensation, and it is not uncommon for farmers to be paid as many as six months late. All 127 cotton gins in the country are government owned, allowing the state to keep wages at the minimum $6 per month.

-- Environmental Justice Foundation, 01/01/2005

Source URL: www.ejfoundation.org/page152.html


The International Labor Rights Fund (ILRF) has sued Nestlé, Archer Daniels Midland, and Cargill in Federal District Court in Los A…

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The International Labor Rights Fund (ILRF) has sued Nestlé, Archer Daniels Midland, and Cargill in Federal District Court in Los Angeles for involvement in the trafficking, torture, and forced labor of children who cultivate and harvest cocoa beans that the companies import from Africa. They filed suit on behalf of a class of Malian children who were trafficked from Mali into the Ivory Coast and forced to work twelve to fourteen hours a day with no pay, little food and sleep, and frequent beatings. The three children acting as class representative plaintiffs are proceeding anonymously as John Does because of feared retaliation by the farm owners for whom they worked. The case was dismissed in 2010, as it was decided that there was not sufficient evidence to demonstrate corporate liability under the Alien Tort Claims Act.

-- Business-HumanRights.org, 06/27/1905

Source URL: http://www.business-humanrights.org/Categories/Lawlawsuits/Lawsuitsreg...


Labor

An affidavit released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in March 2009 alleged that the Cargill Meat Solutions plant in …

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An affidavit released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in March 2009 alleged that the Cargill Meat Solutions plant in Dayton, Virginia knowingly hired around 400 “unauthorized and smuggled aliens.” The affidavit was used to secure a search warrant for a March 2008 raid of the plant after it was found that nearly one third of the 1,300 I-9 employment forms submitted to the Department of Homeland Security by Cargill were suspected to have been filled out using “fraudulently obtained or invalid documents.” ICE investigators also found evidence that pregnant women were also treated differently in the plant, being forced to work up until they gave birth and made to start working again soon after delivery.

-- WHSV, 04/22/2009

Source URL: www.whsv.com/news/headlines/43439297.html


An affidavit released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in March 2009 alleged that the Cargill Meat Solutions plant in …

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An affidavit released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in March 2009 alleged that the Cargill Meat Solutions plant in Dayton, Virginia knowingly hired around 400 “unauthorized and smuggled aliens.” The affidavit was used to secure a search warrant for a March 2008 raid of the plant after it was found that nearly one third of the 1,300 I-9 employment forms submitted to the Department of Homeland Security by Cargill were suspected to have been filled out using “fraudulently obtained or invalid documents.” ICE investigators also found evidence that pregnant women were also treated differently in the plant, being forced to work up until they gave birth and made to start working again soon after delivery.

-- WHSV, 04/22/2009

Source URL: www.whsv.com/news/headlines/43439297.html


The International Labor Rights Fund (ILRF) has sued Nestlé, Archer Daniels Midland, and Cargill in Federal District Court in Los A…

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The International Labor Rights Fund (ILRF) has sued Nestlé, Archer Daniels Midland, and Cargill in Federal District Court in Los Angeles for involvement in the trafficking, torture, and forced labor of children who cultivate and harvest cocoa beans that the companies import from Africa. They filed suit on behalf of a class of Malian children who were trafficked from Mali into the Ivory Coast and forced to work twelve to fourteen hours a day with no pay, little food and sleep, and frequent beatings. The three children acting as class representative plaintiffs are proceeding anonymously as John Does because of feared retaliation by the farm owners for whom they worked.

-- International Labor Rights Fund, 07/13/2005

Source URL: www.laborrights.org/stop-child-labor/cocoa-campaign/585


Campaign Action

Rainforest Action Network (RAN) is fighting the environmental degradation caused by palm oil plantations in Indonesia and around …

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Rainforest Action Network (RAN) is fighting the environmental degradation caused by palm oil plantations in Indonesia and around the world. RAN identifies Cargill as a major perpetrator of this environmental injustice due to its role as one of the largest palm oil traders and importers in the world. Reportedly, Cargill touches 25% of the palm oil that is on the market. RAN criticizes the lack of supply chain management and safeguards which could help to prevent the environmental degradation of palm oil plantations. RAN is working towards getting Cargill to use their market influence to improve the industry and cease its purchases of non-sustainably harvested palm oil.

-- Rainforest Action Network, 05/03/2011

Source URL: http://ran.org/cargill