Thought leader viewpoints

Learn more about the viewpoints and perspectives of Cargill's partners on key issues facing our world today.

  • Climate change, agriculture and food security. An interview with MIT's John Reilly - July 2013
    Agriculture and climate change carry significant implications for one another. Shifts in worldwide climate have the potential to impact global food production and regional food security. Meanwhile, agriculture is a significant contributor to the causes that are believed to underlie climate change. To better understand linkages between agriculture and global climate change, Cargill interviewed John Reilly, co-director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. Cargill has been a sponsor of MIT's program since 2008. It is one of several university programs Cargill funds that are helping us better understand climate science, impact on crop yields, adaptability, sustainability and implications for food security.
  • Partnering to feed the hungry in the United States: An update on our partnership with Feeding America - June 2013
    The new president and CEO of Feeding America, Bob Aiken recently visited Cargill’s headquarters to learn more about our partnership and discuss possible future projects. Cargill has worked with Feeding America for more than 25 years, as the organization has fought hunger by providing food to millions of Americans each year, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors. To date, Cargill has donated more than $7 million to Feeding America and its affiliates.
  • What can Cargill and TNC learn from each other? - April 2013
    Mark Tercek, CEO of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), visited Cargill’s headquarters in Minneapolis to talk with company executives and some of Cargill’s customers about sustainability issues in agriculture. Cargill and TNC have worked together since 2004, most notably to stop deforestation in the Amazon as a result of soybean farming and to promote conservation practices in the upper Mississippi and Missouri river basins. Read the entire interview here.
  • A Conversation with David Cleary of TNC - September 2011
    The Nature Conservancy has been one of Cargill’s major partners on environmental issues, particularly with its work to promote conservation practices in the Amazon region. David Cleary, The Nature Conservancy’s director of agriculture, participated in a question and answer session with Cargill about the balance between economic development and safeguarding biodiversity and ecosystems. Read the entire interview here.