The big six leading grain cartel companies are Cargill (New York), Continental (New York), Paris-based Louis Dreyfus, Brazil and Netherlands-based Bunge and Born, Swiss-based Andre, and US and German-based Archer Daniels Midland/Topfer. The first five of these companies are privately owned and run by billionaire families. They issue no public stock, nor annual report. They are more secretive than any oil company, bank, or government intelligence agency. Just two of these companies, Cargill and Continental, control 45-50% of the world’s grain trade.
A farmer must sell his grain either to a grain elevator or, in the rarer case where he can afford transport, to a grain miller. In either case, it is grain Cartel Company to which he must sell. By this process, the grain cartel sets the price to the farmer – at the lowest levels possible.
Much of their workings are shrouded in mystery, because they release little information to the public. People who have attempted to write books about the grain companies have spent years without getting a single interview from any of the reigning grain company families. Unlike many American companies, where the founding family has long since departed the scene, such as in the case of Morgan bank or Chrysler Corp., the grain cartel companies are run by the same families that have run them for centuries. The inter-married MacMillan and Cargill families run Cargill; the Fribourg family runs Continental; the Louis Dreyfus family runs Louis Dreyfus; the André family runs André; and the Hirsch and Born families run Bunge and Born.
Alongside the hyper-speculation in food and related commodities that must be stopped urgently, there is a related feature of the food crisis to be eliminated: the now-extreme globalization of the food chain. This has come about under the control of a select few commodities and logistics cartels, operating above and against national governments and the interests of their populations. Nations have been forced into dependence on food from hundreds and thousands of miles away; now it isn’t there to be had. Genocide is an intent of this system, not a side-effect.The BA Cartel Part 2 (of a 3 Part Series) – Behind The News Network