YES! Magazine Nominated for General Excellence. Read All About It.
Sections
Home » Issues » Food for Everyone » Just the Facts :: Corporate Food

Nonprofit. Independent. Subscriber-supported. DONATE. How you can support our work.

Get a FREE Issue. Yes! I want to try YES! Magazine

YES! by Email
Join over 78,000 others already signed up for FREE YES! news.
[SAMPLE]
link

HomeBannerAd_Bookshelf

The YES! ChicoBag(R). Full-size tote that fits in your pocket!

 

Just the Facts :: Corporate Food

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

 

 

pdf icon
Download PDF Poster.
950kb

 








spacer
Just the Facts :: When Corporations Rule Our Food
spacer

 

 


Sources:

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.
http://nfu.org/news/2007/04/16/nfu-study-shows-ag-market-concentration-increasing.html

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:
"Did the Baby Boom Cause the Farm-Size Boom?" 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
http://www.landinstitute.org/vnews/display.v?TARGET=printable&article_id=439bd36c9acf1

122-million pound increase:
"Genetically Engineered Crops and Pesticide Use in the United States: The First Nine Years", Dr. Charles M. Benbrook
http://www.nlpwessex.org/docs/benbrook.htm

Percentages of GM corn and soy:
USDA Economic Research Service,
http://www.ers.usda.gov/Data/BiotechCrops/ExtentofAdoptionTable1.htm
http://www.ers.usda.gov/Data/BiotechCrops/ExtentofAdoptionTable3.htm


AND CONTROL WHAT FOODS WE EAT … ::


Iceberg lettuce, etc.
USDA ERS, http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/aer772/aer772d.pdf

High fructose corn syrup: USDA ERS,
http://www.ers.usda.gov/Data/FoodConsumption/FoodAvailQueriable.aspx#midForm

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,
http://www.fao.org/FOCUS/E/Women/Biodiv-e.htm

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
http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/ERR66/

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
http://www.imf.org/external/np/speeches/2008/061908.htm

"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."
One Country’s Table Scraps, Another Country’s Meal, 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; B01http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/01/AR2008080103014_pf.html


Thirty-eight percent of global agricultural lands are currently designated as "degraded."
The Land Institute FAQ
http://www.landinstitute.org/vnews/display.v/ART/2007/03/15/45fac90d9668c?in_archive=1


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,
http://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2006/1000448/index.html

Email Signup
Food for Everyone
Comment on this article

How to add a commentCommenting Policy

comments powered by Disqus


You won’t see any commercial ads in YES!, in print or on this website.
That means, we rely on support from our readers.

||   SUBSCRIBE    ||   GIVE A GIFT   ||   DONATE   ||
Independent. Nonprofit. Subscriber-supported.




Subscribe Generic Utne Award

Personal tools