Mega agricultural and industrial company Cargill has announced at the UN Climate Summit that it will begin to support the New York Declaration on Forests- and stop leveling rainforests. The company, which has widespread properties in both Brazil and Malaysia, has vowed to protect forests in all of its agricultural supply chains. This exciting news is a big step for the declaration, which aims to end forest losses by 2030.
The American company Cargill has an enormous presence across the world, from soy silos in Brazil to palm oil plants in Malaysia that provide supplies to the world. But the company is going beyond these specific commodities and has said it will take action to protect the forests in all of their supply chains around the world, taking the New York Declaration on Forests to the next step.
Along with Cargill, companies like Kellogg’s, Unilever, Nestle, General Mills, Walmart and McDonalds have committed to the New York Declaration on Forests, although they have yet to provide specifics like Cargill has. Should the declaration prove successful, it is estimated that it can prevent 4.5 to 8.8 billion tons of carbon pollution every year. Aside from protecting standing forests, it also plans to restore fallen forests and croplands in an area larger than all of India.
Cargill’s promises of specific reductions sets an example for other companies participating in the declaration, and hopefully ups the ante for their actions.