FOOD FRAUD: ‘Concentration and Power in the Food System’, Who Controls What We Eat?


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– “… An estimated two-thirds of the farm commodities sold in the U.S. come from just 100,000 farms, and these middle-to-large-scale farms just keep getting bigger. The reasons for this trend are manifold, but government subsidies play a significant role. About 85 percent of federal subsidies go to the top 10 percent of farms, which reinforces their advantages, allowing them to expand and buy out neighboring farms”:

Concentration and Power in the Food System: Who Controls What We Eat?

Story at-a-glance

  • The trend is for fewer but bigger firms increasing their power to control what we eat; four European firms control the global beer market; six firms control the global seed market; two firms control food distribution in the U.S.
  • Monopolies benefit corporations, not the public, reinforcing the company’s power and political clout. Many corporate executives even serve on federal advisory committees and global trade agreement…

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