For years Cargill has put profit first, polluting our water and environment to increase its bottom line. Millions of gallons of toxic waste dumped into American waterways, dozens of systematic violations of the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, and ecosystem clearance on a global scale show Cargill’s entire supply chain contributes to an array of environmental issues.
In the United States, agricultural runoff remains the last big source of unregulated pollution and the number one source of water pollution. Fertilizer, pesticides, and animal waste are running off the fields that produce crops for livestock feed and into nearby waters. Excess nutrients and waste results in toxic algae blooms and high levels of nitrates, making 60-80% of water in Minnesota’s farming-dominated watersheds unsafe for fishing, swimming, and drinking. Over ten communities in Minnesota have had to install expensive, nitrate-removal systems at a cost per household of $3,300 or more.
Our neighbors continue to foot the bill while Cargill continues to make a profit.
Consumers have the power to change the marketplace from the bottom up through demand generation of more sustainable product offerings, especially meat. It’stime to stop aiding and abetting companies like Cargill by buying and selling their products. We must demand that corporate agriculture implement the policies needed for a sustainable supply chain AND use our influence with their customers – grocery stores, restaurants, food service operations - to implement policies within their own supply chains.