American multinational, Cargill, trades in food commodities. They purchase, trade and distribute all of the basic ingredients on our plate – from meat to oil and cereal. At 121 billion euros a year, their turnover is twice McDonalds and Coca Cola combined and larger than the GDP of Hungary, yet few know their name.
Today, this giant is at the the centre of a controversy regarding destruction of food crops (and local jobs), pollution and deforestation. In France, the US and Latin America, farmers and residents are sounding the alarm about the negative consequences of the global agri-business.
We investigate this multinational who is also suspected of having indirectly caused the 2008 hunger riots by speculating on certain commodities. The vice president of Cargill goes exclusively on record for us to responds to various charges.
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