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Offline thorfourwinds

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From Farm to Fork: Corporate Power in Agriculture
« on: September 18, 2013, 04:54:19 PM »


Corporate Power in Agriculture - Farm Aid

A handful of corporations control our food system from farm to fork.

This concentration of power leaves eaters with fewer options to support good food from family farmers, while pushing droves of family farms out of business. Corporate concentration in the food system has caused serious damage to rural economies, public health and the environment.

What does corporate concentration in agriculture mean?

In a healthy economy, multiple firms can sell their goods to multiple buyers in an open, competitive market. But this isn’t the case in agriculture, where most farmers are forced to buy their inputs from just a handful of companies and have very few places to market their goods.

The term corporate concentration describes the control that a small number of corporations have over food production, distribution, marketing and consumption through their share of the marketplace.




How bad is it?

The U.S. agricultural sector suffers from abnormally high levels of concentration. Most economic sectors have concentration ratios around 40%, meaning that the top four firms in the industry control 40% of the market. If the concentration ratio is above 40%, experts believe competition can be threatened and market abuses are more likely to occur: the higher the number, the bigger the threat.

The concentration ratios in the agricultural sector are shocking.

   •   Four companies own 83.5% of the beef market.
   •   The top four firms own 66% of the hog industry.
   •   The top four firms control 58.5% of the broiler chicken industry.
   •   In the seed industry, four companies control 50% of the proprietary seed market and 43% of the commercial seed market worldwide.
   •   When it comes to genetically engineered (GE) crops, just one company, Monsanto, boasts control of over 85% of U.S. corn acreage and 91% of U.S. soybean acreage.

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Re: From Farm to Fork: Corporate Power in Agriculture
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2013, 05:45:55 PM »


Hi Thor, How interesting, I have been doing some reading about this, had a ton of sites saved , but I am interested in everything and it can run me out of room. Here is one site I kept, that you might fined of interest:

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=8761

Many years ago I read a book called "The Grain Traders" it followed their history and rise to power, and the fact that you will never find these dynasties names in print . You can get a copy for only $80. at Amazon, Ha!


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Re: From Farm to Fork: Corporate Power in Agriculture
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2013, 08:30:50 PM »
Thor,

Gold, as always!

We need to fight the control that Monsanto and its ilk
has over Washington. One of the best expose I have
ever read on the connections between D.C., and Monsanto.


The Monsanto Menace


The Feds are complicit with the strongman
as it seeks control of America's food supply
 
http://www.villagevoice.com/2013-07-24/restaurants/the-monsanto-menace/
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