Concentration and Power in the Food System: Who Controls What We Eat? (Contemporary Food Studies: Economy, Culture and Politics)
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Practically every single day brings news of yet another merger or acquisition involving the organizations that manage our food provide. Just how concentrated has this technique become? At virtually every single essential stage of the meals system, 4 firms alone handle 40% or a lot more of the marketplace, a level above which these businesses have the energy to drive up costs for buyers and decrease their rate of innovation. Researchers have identified extra troubles resulting from these trends, like damaging impacts on the atmosphere, human health, and communities.This book reveals the dominant corporations, from the supermarket to the seed business, and the extent of their control more than markets. It also analyzes the techniques these firms are employing to reshape society in order to further boost their power, particularly in terms of their bearing upon the much more vulnerable sections of society, such as recent immigrants, ethnic minorities and those of lower socioeconomic status. Yet this study also shows that these trends are not inevitable. Opposed by several efforts, from microbreweries to seed saving networks, it explores how such opposition has encouraged the most effective firms to make small but optimistic changes.
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