We nourish the world with a holistic approach
Advancing the frontiers of animal health
Healthier animals use nutrients more efficiently, impact the environment less and carry fewer pathogens that can cause illness in humans. These animals also live better, which makes consumers happy. Today, Cargill is investing at the intersection of animal health and wellness, and food safety, so animals can perform to their potential and produce more protein for the world in a sustainable way.
This year, we invested in a strategic partnership with Delacon, the global leader in phytogenics, or plant-based feed additives. Delacon’s scientists have searched the globe for naturally occurring compounds that have measurable effects on animals’ gut health. These come from ordinary items in your pantry like garlic, peppers and thyme, as well as more far-flung sources like the rare quillaja tree native only to Chile. Validated by rigorous scientific trials, these extracts help animals convert more of the feed they eat into protein. They also can reduce emissions like methane from cows by up to 20 percent and ammonia from chickens and pigs by up to 50 percent, protecting the environment. And by helping to keep animals healthier, they lower the use of antibiotics.
Cargill also acquired Diamond V, adding its market-leading immune support technology and expertise to our comprehensive animal nutrition and health portfolio. Diamond V’s products derive from proprietary processes using microbial fermentation. They work naturally with the animal’s biology to support immune function, optimize performance and promote food safety. By strengthening the immune system, these products enhance the animal’s first line of defense against all types of health challenges. And research shows that animals consuming certain Diamond V products pose less risk of passing on pathogens like salmonella or E. coli, helping to keep humans safer.
Together, Delacon, Diamond V and Cargill will look to answer even bigger questions. Can antioxidants affect gene expression to help reduce animal stress? Can immune support products help preserve the power of antibiotics in protecting public health? And what other health benefits could these products provide to individual people? Uniting our expertise promises to unlock new opportunities for tomorrow.
Plant proteins of the future, today
Many consumers want more plant-based protein. Puris and its family founders have crafted a clean-tasting pea protein that offers a non-GMO, Certified Organic, allergen-friendly option for a new wave of protein-packed foods and beverages. This year, we invested in Puris to accelerate its reach across a broader market. Our collaboration is one more piece in solving the protein puzzle for a growing world.
Social change in the kitchen
What if cooking could unlock economic opportunity and dignity for others while also making fuller use of food? This is the goal of the Social Gastronomy Movement, a chef-led initiative to address issues like nutrition, food waste and social inequality. As a leader in this movement, Brazil-based Gastromotiva operates its community kitchens as both schools and restaurants. Young people, many from the margins of society, get free culinary training and prepare delicious, healthy meals made from surplus food that would otherwise go to waste. These meals are served to people in need, in a space that encourages dialogue and companionship.
Cargill has supported Gastromotiva in Brazil since 2014 through funding and employee volunteers, helping it reach more than 100,000 people. Now, a three-year, $1.5 million grant from Cargill will help bring global scale to the Social Gastronomy Movement. Cargill is contributing our expertise on supply chains and relationships across the food system, as well as a shared passion to employ food for good.
“Fighting hunger and poverty is everyone’s job,” said Chef David Hertz, Gastromotiva’s founder. “We are joining forces to make something much bigger than ourselves – to accelerate a movement.”