February 4, 2019
Cargill: Changing global food system through innovation and technology
Food and agriculture systems "must evolve" in face of a growing global population and changing consumer values, Cargill said in a recent press release.
"Innovation in all its forms - technology, digitalisation and R&D - provides the means to address some of the greatest challenges facing the global food system," said David MacLennan, Cargill's chairman and CEO.
"Whether it's achieving zero hunger, delivering on consumer preferences, creating safer workplaces, offering transparency in our food system or helping farmers prosper, Cargill believes technology can unlock solutions."
In expanding its capabilities to deal with future food supply challenges, Cargill focuses on open-source technologies and seeks to avail "the best approaches... to everyone to evolve the entire industry and advance food and agriculture globally." The company realises that, to achieve this goal, "no single company, technology or platform can do this alone," Cargill said.
"By combining Cargill's deep digital expertise and culture of innovation with the capabilities of critical partners from Hyperledger to Descartes Labs, Cainthus to Techstars, we have introduced solutions that strengthen the future of food and ag," said Justin Kershaw, Cargill's chief information officer.
"Whether through machine learning, IoT (Internet of Things), blockchain or innovations yet to be discovered, it is about finding the right technology to solve some of the greatest food and sustainability challenges the world faces today."
"Like any other critical infrastructure, food and agricultural supply chains need continued modernisation and innovation," Kershaw added.
"Cargill will continue making meaningful investments to digitalise the food and agricultural supply chains, with a focus not only on growth for the company and customers, but also to advance responsible trade, improve farmer prosperity and fulfill the company's purpose of nourishing the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way."