Skip to comments.10 Companies That Control Almost Everything We Eat
Posted on 07/09/2014 3:52:31 PM PDT by TurboZamboni
The graphic focuses on 10 of the world's most powerful food and beverage companies: Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Unilever, Danone, Mars, Mondelez International, Kellogg's, General Mills, Nestle, and Associated British Foods.
Oxfam calls these companies the Big 10 and keeps a scorecard on their environmental impact on a website devoted to the nonprofit's "Behind the Brands" campaign.
The campaign aims to make the companies more environmentally and socially conscious.
According to one of Oxfam's most recent reports, the Big 10 emitted 263.7 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions in 2013 and if the companies were a nation, it would be the 25th most polluting country in the world.
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As long as General Mills proudly supports “gay marriage”, I doubt they have any fear of environutters.
Huh, we boycott 7 of the 10.
Monde-Lez: Supporting a world filled with lesbians!
Control everything? Ha! Hoe about my boogers?
I really do not buy all that much from these companies...
I don’t drink pop, rather I drink soda water from a soda stream (and I crush dry ice to refill the tank).
I buy meat from Costco and local butcher shops. Chickens and turkeys are raised locally and taste superior to the typical store brands.
Fresh produce comes from various stores and my local co-op. I grow tomatoes, tomatillos, lettuce, corn, beans, peas and lots of peppers.
I do not eat breakfast cereal but rather have an egg and an English muffin.
We live in an area that is NOT Idaho, but just north of here they grow wonderful seed potatoes that are sold to Idaho potato farmers - you should see the trucks line up with the Idaho plates during harvest time!
We buy various cheeses...
I bake burger buns and grind sausage and burger.
We really do not buy much processed food.
Oxfam is a sh!tty orginazation IMHO, BTW.
I assume that by "greenhouse gas", the author means "carbon dioxide." In which case, these companies are emitting the essential building block of life, the chemical that forms the physical basis of our bodies. All of the proteins, fats, and sugars that make up our bodies and those of all living things started out as carbon dioxide.
Unless the goal of the anti-CO2 fearmongers is to eliminate all life on earth (and it very well may be), then their classification of CO2 as a pollutant is ludicrous.
There are five or six silo owners who control 80% of all food. ADM is one of them. I can’t recall the rest of them.
Okay, do I or don’t I eat my Hungry Man Swanson dinner warming up in the oven tonight?
It’s Bourbon Beef Strips with mashed potato’s and mixed veggies. Pub Grub addition. Is this bad?
I’m starting to think it might be.
Maybe 10%. No more. Get yourself to the rural country and live free - for now.
In America, we eat bacteria, fungus, and bug free food that is guaranteed to stay fresh, i.e. soft, not change color, taste or spoil. Elaborate labels, huge fruits, vegetables that are flawless are the norm. Unfortunately, it seems these are the only standards for what defines healthy, safe and good food.
There is this belief in America, that because we stick goofy labels on food, pump everything full of artificial flavors, colors, aromatics, sweeteners, preservatives; use hormones, and antibiotics; force feed animals, often food they would not naturally eat; and derive the food using pesticides, herbicides and fungicides, followed up with a quick irradiation or pasteurization, that we have a safe and great food supply. I mean, what could possibly be wrong with meat that is treated with nitrates to be redder, or ammonia so that it can be brought back up to the lowest grade permissible for human consumption?
Yes- we are a nation where you have “fresh” pastries at the gas station that are 9 months old, where the milk won’t spoil to quickly, and you won’t find a hair in your fast food because of all the super duper high standards we have requiring people to even wear beard nets. So high are our standards, that we dictate the cooking oil used in frying fries and bust Amish folks for selling raw milk that gets transported across state lines, since this is an obvious public health risk.
In the meantime, with all our super duper high standards, 35.1% of the adult population is overweight, and a huge percentage of them are malnourished. How is that possible?
The food supply in America looks pretty, but it’s actually of a horribly low quality. It is mass produced and processed to a point where the healthy stuff is eliminated and crap is added, yet it meets most irreverent FDA standards. It’s hard to find real bread, real cheese, real yogurt, or even just a piece of meat that isn’t pumped full of crap. How could one possibly go wrong with food stored in plastic containers that leach into what they are holding, or a GMO product, a foaming agent in bread that also has the convenient use of being used in yoga mats?
How much lactic acid is in raw milk before it is pasteurized?
What is the daily recommended level of bacteria that are actually beneficial and “needed,” that the FDA has listed on their awesome labels? http://healthland.time.com/2012/06/14/the-good-bugs-how-the-germs-in-your-body-keep-you-healthy/ What happens to these bacteria when you pasteurize, irradiate, and chemically treat everything to the point of it being sterile?
Our American staple, the cheeseburger, is the perfect analogy. Bread that is shelled and has no fiber, bleached, and where they add sugar. Bread that uses a sugar that your body metabolizes differently and that has a foaming agent used to make it fluffy, and a preservative to keep it fresh- yummy so far. A piece of meat that has to be well cooked (those high standards we have), that likely came from cows that were fed food they would not eat in nature, that were pumped up with hormones and then fed antibiotics. In many cases, this meat contains “pink slime,” or other cheap fillers. The cheese is actually a “Pasteurized process cheese product,” that is only 51% cheese. Let’s stop there, because I cannot possibly write about the sauces put on a cheeseburger and keep this post under 10 pages. Think about it, what is real in a Coke? What is an order of french fries? You shave the part of the potato with all the nutrients off (the skin), cook it in an oil that is actually horrible for you and was only used in machinery until they figured out a way to make this oil safe for human consumption, Rapeseed oil (commonly called CONOLA). And when we eat this crap and get fat and plugged viens, while actually being malnourished, we can’t understand why?
The big Agra business, the big food manufacturers like Kraft, Nestle etc, and the fast food industry have provided us with good tasting, good looking, stuff that sort of looks and tastes like real food, while meeting all the FDA definitions of safety. But it’s trash.
The two companies missing from this list are Conagra and Archer Daniels Midland.
I’m encouraged by the posters on this thread. I figured the DD Tea drinkers would descend and worship big agra. Apparently all the self suffienct types haven’t been chased from the forum.
We love big business, as long as it doesn’t use crony capitalism like so many of these corps do. Plus, my homemade, five ingredient bread is so much better than anything from a store shelf.