Who Owns Your FoodPosted: March 2, 2012
PSA of the day!
While reading through Marion Nestle’s most recent blog posts I came across this quote:
“Never have so few corporations been responsible for more of our food chain. Of the 40,000 food items in a typical US grocery store, more than half are now brought to us by just 10 corporations. Today, three companies process more than 70 percent of all U.S. beef, Tyson, Cargill and JBS. More than ninety percent of soybean seeds and 80 percent of corn seeds used in the United States are sold by just one company: Monsanto. Four companies are responsible for up to 90 percent of the global trade in grain. And one in four food dollars is spent at Walmart.”
Just think about that statement for a second. This is scary a matter if you are economist, environmentalist, or nutritionist. With control comes power and we inch towards a food system monopoly every single day. By focusing on the short-term profit we lose sight of the long-term health of our species and the planet. Vote with you fork and choose local, sustainable, and humane products whenever possible.