Am I the only one out here concerned about how more and more of our food is being controlled by fewer and fewer people? Over the last 20 years or so, thanks to mergers, buyouts, ‘consolidation’ etc. our food supply has been largely taken over by a tiny handful of mega-corporations, until we’ve reached the point where virtually all of the meat, dairy, vegetable and grain production is controlled, processed and sold by just a dozen or so multi-national corporations.
I know that krippner isn’t the only one fretting about this, nor is food production and distribution the only economic sector that has experienced extreme concentration. But is anyone who doesn’t (choose whichever: read Utne Reader / support Occupy / wear tinfoil hats) concerned? Let’s find out.
On Friday, my next day out of the office, I’ll forward krippner’s question to the ag economics departments of seven or eight of our great land grant institutions including my alma mater. Give it a couple of weeks and I’ll post the responses.