Transforming supply chains
Our feed is designed to nourish fish while making sure the environmental footprint of aquaculture is as small as possible. Each ingredient in our feed has a job to do – whether that’s providing a source of protein and amino acids or supporting fish health – and these are expertly balanced to offer maximum efficiency.
As well as working closely with our customers to grow planet-friendly ingredients, we find ways to reuse by-products, like fish trimmings that would normally be discarded, whenever we can. And we are always looking to identify and source novel ingredients, such as insect meal, that can help create even more sustainable feed recipes. Working together and sourcing responsibly enables us, our customers and our partners to achieve our shared sustainability goals.
What it looks like in practice
Increasing our use of novel ingredients from previously untapped nutrient resources like micro-algae and insect meal.
Sourcing soy responsibly – 95.68 percent of Cargill’s 2018–19 direct-sourced soy volumes were deforestation and conversion free (DCF) – and in our North Sea aqua nutrition business 100 percent of our soy is ProTerra certified.
Developing Key Data Elements (KDEs) to offer complete traceability of our marine ingredients, in line with the Global Dialogue for Seafood Traceability (GDST).
Using trimmings to make up 40 percent of our marine ingredients – 88 percent of which comes from MarinTrust certified suppliers and almost 50 percent comes from fisheries aligned to Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). Our goal by 2025 is that all of our salmon feed marine ingredients will come from factories certified to MarinTrust standards and preferably from fisheries certified to standards equivalent to the MSC.
Attending industry forums to discuss novel ingredients ensures our needs are transparent for developers and investors, such as this webinar hosted by Undercurrent News in December 2020: Adopting novel ingredients in aquaculture.
Working with peers and competitors in Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SeaBOS) and Global Salmon Initiative (GSI), in order to develop a broader approach to improving ocean stewardship at scale through our supply chains.
Working with our electricity supplier in Chile to source only renewable electricity for feed mills there from January 2020, is already saving GHGs emissions equivalent to taking over 2,500 cars off the road for a year.
Sourcing ingredients from certified sustainable fisheries, with a 2025 goal to source only from sustainably managed fisheries.
Working with the WWF U.S. Seafood Markets Group to assess sustainability of fisheries we source from and how to improve this.
Using these KDEs to build a traceability database that links to our digital platform.
Investing $30 million in new initiatives, like the Land Innovation Fund which finds transformative, inclusive solutions to preserve native vegetation globally.
Engaging with multi-stakeholder certification schemes – such as Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and Best Aquaculture Practice (BAP), as we develop sustainable aqua feed standards – to make sure we are bringing in outside views, as well as raising external awareness of industry developments.
Collaborating with logistics companies to maximize efficiency in getting feed from farms to factories. To date, working in this way with Skretting in Norway has saved greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions equivalent to taking 7,500 cars off the road for a year.