Big Food Strikes Back: Why did the Obamas fail to take on corporate agriculture? | Michael Pollan [...]

The N.American food supply was further consolidated during the Obama administration, and if you think it will turn in direction of decentralization under the next president, think again. Here’s why:

According to one traditional yardstick, an industry is deemed excessively concentrated when the top four companies in it control more than 40 percent of the market. In the case of food and agriculture, that percentage is exceeded in beef slaughter (82 percent of steers and heifers), chicken processing (53 percent), corn and soy processing (roughly 85 percent), pesticides (62 percent) and seeds (58 percent). Bayer’s planned acquisition of Monsanto promises to increase concentration in both the seed and agrochemical markets. (Source)

Michael Pollan is anathema to the BigFood lobby, and it’s easy to see why: his research is sound, he knows the score, and speaks truth to the American people in a language they can understand and appreciate, even if the majority is not very inclined to change their dietary and food procurement habits just yet -likely not until the wheels fall off entirely!

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