Participants drive the success of any role-playing exercise, and Food Chain Reaction will be no exception. To model real-world situations and global reaction as accurately as possible, we’ve brought together high-level decision makers from all over the world, representing nations, international institutions, and the private sector. This group will collaborate, negotiate, make decisions, and confront trade-offs while dealing with a chain reaction of consequences resulting from their actions.
Our player profile series showcases some of the many participants who have generously given their time, energy, and enthusiasm to helping make Food Chain Reaction a success.
Q & A with Joe Stone, Cargill
Team: Business & Investors
Why is food security important to you and your organization?
At Cargill, food security is something we think about – and deal with – every day. Our company’s purpose is to be the global leader in nourishing people. We’re involved in numerous supply chains around the word, from salt and sweeteners to grains, meat and animal nutrition. That makes us acutely aware of the challenge posed by feeding a global population that is on track to 9.5 billion by 2050. In our 150 year history, the company has grown in scope and complexity along with the global food system. That gives us a unique vantage point for the decades to come. We are among the people who will actually have to come up with the extra food for a growing population in a changing world.
If you could do one thing to create a more food secure future what would it be?
Cooperation is key. No company, government or NGO can ensure food security on its own. Given Cargill’s position in the global food system, we navigate a complex web of stakeholders. We deal with farmers, civil society groups, all levels of government and our peer companies on a daily basis. If we want to ensure a more food secure world, we must recognize our interdependence and find a way to make all these disparate interests and perspectives mesh. If we let the short-term individual advantage win the day, we can’t prepare properly for a more volatile world.
What do you hope to achieve through Food Chain Reaction?
Just like a sports team, practice makes us better. While cooperation in a spirit of healthy competition is the goal, real-world experience shows that it isn’t easily achieved. As past U.N. climate summits have shown, for instance, it can be hard to rise above politics as usual when the stakes are high. By bringing together an international group of real-life decision makers, we can learn more about the roadblocks we’re facing and how to overcome them. Chances are that we’ll face the situations we’ll be simulating during the game in the real world time and again for years to come. The more we learn now, the better armed we’ll be to come up with workable solutions in the future.
Joe Stone serves as Cargill’s corporate vice president and platform leader of Cargill Animal Nutrition. He is a member of the company’s Sustainability Council and its Risk Management Committee. Stone joined Cargill in 1985 and has held various leadership positions. The majority of his career was spent with Cargill AgHorizons and Cargill Grain & Oilseeds business units. Later, Stone joined the Cargill World Trading Unit in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2005, he joined Cargill Animal Nutrition.
Stone holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Nebraska. He serves on the board of the Engler School of Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Nebraska, University of Minnesota Carlson School of Business Board of Overseers, and is a member of the Campaign for Nebraska Advisory Board.