Corporations control our food

Background - 20 August, 2015
Industrial ag is a system with an expiration date. It’s only a few decades old but just start adding up the environmental costs we are incurring by his broken system. More and more polluted waterways, clear-cut forests, inhumane treatment of livestock and megatons of greenhouse gases. It’s quite simply unsustainable.

Thousands of workers in this industrial farming system see what's going on. They are on the frontline witnessing the havoc caused by this system run amok. Field workers are forced to spray unnecessary toxic chemicals on their crops. Giant corporations sue small farms when patented GMO seeds accidentally blow into their fields. Rural communities are protest stench and waste spewing from factory farms.

To comprehend what's at stake, we must understand where our food comes from. Right now, we're headed toward a future where decisions about our food future is decided in closed boardrooms by executives putting profits before people.

Bertin Slaughterhouse in Brazil. 6 May, 2009 © Marizilda Cruppe / EVE / Greenpeace

Facts You Should Know

  • Six corporations – Monsanto, DuPont, Dow, Syngenta, Bayer and BASF – control 75% of the world pesticides market.

  • Factory farms now account for 72 percent of poultry production, 43 percent of egg production, and 55 percent of pork production worldwide.

  • Only four corporations – ADM, Bunge, Cargill and Dreyfus – control more than 75% of the global grain trade. They overwhelmingly push commodity crops like corn and soy on local farmers at the expense of native crops.

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