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Thu Jul 11, 2019, 12:38 PM

Environmental group gives Cargill award for 'worst company in the world'

On Thursday afternoon, several activists with Mighty Earth, an environmental nonprofit, will gather in Hopkins. That’s where they'll honor Cargill—the largest privately owned company in the U.S., based here in Minnesota—with an award for being the “worst company in the world.”

“We recognize this is an audacious claim,” a report released by Mighty Earth says. “There are, alas, many companies that could vie for this dubious honor.”

But the report insists there’s plenty of evidence to back it up. It includes a timeline of ills reportedly linked back to Cargill, from a 2000 deli turkey listeria outbreak suspected to have caused four deaths and three miscarriages, to a 2018 E. coli outbreak that possibly landed contaminated ground beef in every Safeway “nationwide.”

The list offers more than food safety complaints. It includes massive fish kills caused by “illegally dumping hog manure” (2002). Possible union busting during a salt miner strike (2003). Accusations that it avoided paying some $252 million in taxes to the Argentinian government (2011). And allegedly making illegal land grabs in Colombia (2013).

Read more: http://www.citypages.com/news/environmental-group-gives-cargill-award-for-worst-company-in-the-world/512534831

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