In a panel discussion about food security at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolis last week, Cargill President and Chief Operating Officer David MacLennan said Cargill is optimistic about the ability to feed nine billion people by 2050. MacLennan said farmers produce enough food to meet the nutritional needs of all the world’s people, “The question is: will we have the policies and infrastructure in place to ensure the poorest members of society will be able to continue to access that food?”
MacLennan emphasized the importance of free trade to creating a more food-secure world. “We cannot feed nine billion people without open trade,” said MacLennan. “We encourage governments to advance policies that will help the world realize the benefits of trade flows, which include better access to safe, affordable and nutritious food for all.”
MacLennan joined Land O’Lakes President and Chief Executive Officer Chris Policinski and Jeff Simmons, president of Elanco, on the panel, which was moderated by former CNN Washington Bureau Chief Frank Sesno.
In a related story, Cargill praised Japan's recent decision to enter the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. "Japan's role in TPP can be a positive and game-changing event," said Devry Boughner Vorwerk, director of international business relations for Cargill and co-chair of the U.S Business Coalition for TPP. "As one of the world's largest economies, Japan enhances the commercial meaningfulness of any agreement."
Cargill looks forward to the next round of discussions in Peru this May and having Japan at the table in the near future. "Japan's decision to join the TPP negotiations sends a strong signal about the impact this free trade agreement can have on the Asia-Pacific region," said Greg Page, Cargill chairman and CEO. "We truly hope such an agreement can advance the cause of a more food secure world."