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ADM, Cargill, and Bunge to Overhaul Our Food System?


Posted: 03/11/09

By: messany

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Only three companies control 90 percent of the world's grain: Archer Daniels Midland, Cargill and Bunge. One corporation, Monsanto, owns the patents to many of the world's food crops. In the past 50 years, we have witnessed the consolidation of our most precious food sources into a few hands, which has resulted in massive world hunger and environmental degradation.

This radical consolidation has resulted in fewer and fewer farmers feeding more and more people. Our government subsidizes cheap corn and soy to the point where no other farmers in the world can compete with our prices. As a result, small farms are put out of business and food security is destabilized across the planet.

In a recent New York Times editorial, Alice Waters, a famous chef and local foods advocate, and Katrina Heron point out that for every meal our public schools serve, they get money from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which "pays good money for what are essentially leftovers from big American food producers." The duo admits that it would cost "about $5 per child" to feed 30 million schoolchildren organic, locally grown meals, but the long-term benefits, they say, would be worth it.

Those benefits include improving children's dietary habits, tracking food safety more easily, and improving children's attention spans. Probably the greatest benefit would be that the money diverted from big food processors would go instead to local farmers, thus improving the economies of the schools' communities.

ADM, Cargill, and Bunge are be lobbied by many to lead the charge on overhauling our food system as part of the stimulus package. Shifting from a global food system to local food systems would solve many problems at once.

Accoding to Alice Walters, "People would have access to fresh, varied local produce, and communities would benefit from the economic stimulus generated by keeping food money in their local economies. "

Source: AP, Reuters, Iowa Mountain Express

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2 Comments

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Posted: 11/27/10

is the ABC trio controlling 90% or 75% or 66%. Where did you get the 90% from? Guesstimate? I'm just interested...

Guest

Posted: 10/11/12

Hi Aimee, Sorry i've not been by for a while but i'm back now and enjoying caitchng up with you all. I believe that one of the basic rights we should all have is to decent, natural, fresh food not the processed, fat laden junk that so many peoples diets consist wholly or partly of these days. There are more health problems today than there have ever been which considering the progress made in modern medicine surely points to something being severely wrong in our lifestyle today. Thankfully more people are caitchng on and demanding changes in food production, going back towards the way nature intended instead of man fighting against nature and getting it horribly wrong. Sorry this turned into a bit of a waffle but it's a subject close to my heart too. keep well and besafe, good luck in the next stage of your adventures, i look forward to reading all about them xXx

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