How We’re Being Stuffed by the Big Food Companies
The folks at Frugal Dadhave produced an infographic showing how our food supply is governed by a small handful of huge companies. They wield enormous influence. No surprise, then, that Big Food, successfully persuaded the government, a few weeks ago, to have pizza recognized as a vegetable under school lunch rules. (And that’s just the latest of concessions they’ve achieved that leave school kids bloated with obesity.)
Check out the infographic below. Here are the key items:
- 50 percent of all groceries come from 4 supermarket chains.
- The average American male consumes 35 pounds of antibiotics in his foods over a lifetime.
- Three companies process more than 70 percent of all the U.S. beef – 18.2 billion pounds. Tyson Foods is the largest – 28 percent of all beef.
- Two companies – Tyson and JBF, slaughter and pack 40 percent of all U.S. chicken – 14.4 billion pounds.
- The U.S. leads the world in corn production – just under 700 million pounds a year. Just 10 percent of it is used for food; 35 percent for ethanol.
Posted December 19, 2011, by Michael Mountain
Michael, thank you for posting this. I had no idea that the meat market so controlled by just a handful of people. This helps me understand why it is almost impossible to make a difference in this industry. With so much control, they probably get what they want.