Just the Facts :: Corporate Food

Hunger. Pollution. Instability. Obesity. The problem with corporate food—by the numbers.

 

 

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CORPORATIONS CONTROL OUR FOOD… ::

Four companies control 83.5% of the beef-packing industry, 66% of pork packing, and 80% of soybean crushing. Two companies sell 58% of US seed corn.

98% of poultry:
"A Monopoly in Agriculture" by Marika Alena McCauley
http://www.oxfamamerica.org/whatwedo/where_we_work/united_states/news_publications/food_farm/art2563.html


WHICH PROMOTES INDUSTRIAL AGRICULTURE ::


In 2006, farms larger than 2,000:
USDA Economic Research Service Table: Number of farms, average government payments, and distribution by program, recipient farms, and farm acres operated, 2006.

1935 vs. 2002 farm size:
"" by Michael J. Roberts and Nigel Key

2% of farms produce 50% of all:
"A Monopoly in Agriculture" by Marika Alena McCauley


CORPORATIONS ALSO CONTROL OUR FARMING METHODS… ::


2 billion kg of pesticides:
"Agriculture and Biodiversity Loss: Industrial Agriculture,"C. Picone and D. Van Tassel, Published 2002


122-million pound increase:
"Genetically Engineered Crops and Pesticide Use in the United States: The First Nine Years", Dr. Charles M. Benbrook


Percentages of GM corn and soy:
USDA Economic Research Service,


AND CONTROL WHAT FOODS WE EAT … ::


Iceberg lettuce, etc.
USDA ERS,

High fructose corn syrup: USDA ERS,


75% of the world's food is generated from just 12 plants and five animal species: "Women: Users, Preservers And Managers Of Agro-Biodiversity", Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations,


MAKING US SICK AND CREATING FOOD INSECURITY ::

Food-insecure households:
"Household Food Security in the United States," 2007, Mark Nord, Margaret Andrews, and Steven Carlson;
USDA Economic Research Service, Report No. 66, November, 2008


Global food prices increased almost 50 percent in the last year:
Presentation by Mark Plant, Deputy Director, Policy Development and Review Department, IMF, at Panama Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture on June 19, 2008


"A more recent study by the Environmental Protection Agency estimated that Americans generate roughly 30 million tons of food waste each year, which is about 12 percent of the total waste stream…66 percent of adult Americans are overweight or obese, according to 2003-04 government health survey."
, NY Times, by Andrew Martin, published: May 18, 2008

AND ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTERS ::


"Dead zone: The Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone has grown to about 8,000 square miles: Global Warming Did It! Well, Maybe Not."
The Washington Post, Sunday, August 3, 2008; B01


Thirty-eight percent of global agricultural lands are currently designated as "degraded."
The Land Institute FAQ



Livestock production creates 18% of greenhouse gases globally:
"Livestock a major threat to environment," Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, November 29, 2006,