From Dr. Mercola:
“Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people.” ~ Henry Kissinger, Ph.D.
“In so many poorer countries food is money, food is power.” ~ Catherine Bertini, executive director of the U.N.’s World Food Program1
Yes, food is power, and all around the world we now see how the monopolization of the food supply has created a vast gulf between the “have” and the “have nots.” Far from fostering greater food security, we’ve become more food insecure than ever before.
It’s quite simple really. If you have access to clean, nutritious food, you survive and thrive. If you don’t, disease and premature death is your lot.
Today, malnutrition is not a problem relegated to developing countries. Never before have affluent nations had so many malnourished yet obese people — a paradox rooted in a poor and toxic diet, churned out by industrial crop growers, concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and fish farms.
The strategy to control people by controlling the food supply, first through the conversion from many small farms to fewer, gigantic farming operations and associated price fixing schemes, and later through the creation of genetically engineered (GE) seeds, effectively destroyed family farming both in the U.S. and abroad.
It wasn’t that long ago (2011) that a class-action lawsuit on behalf of consumers was filed against a number of dairy companies and trade groups, charging they killed more than half a million young cows in order to artificially inflate the price of milk — a classic price fixing scheme, and certainly not the first, nor likely the last.2,3
In 2013, the Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) paid a $158.6 million fine to settle a 2007 lawsuit alleging the DFA conspired with a number of companies to suppress milk prices by closing bottling plants and stifling competition.4
Consolidation, Concentration, and Monopolization
Today, 95 percent of all grain reserves in the world are controlled by just six multinational agribusinesses.5 The same concentration of power can be seen all through agriculture, from beef packers (four companies) to flour milling (four companies) and pork packers (four companies).6
As noted by The Natural Farmer, this consolidation and concentration has occurred through horizontal integration, vertical integration, and global expansion.7
Along with the destruction of family farms we also lost a tremendous amount of diversity, both in terms of the types of foods grown and the flora and fauna existing in the areas surrounding the farms.
All of this, and more, has occurred under the guise of improving food availability and safety. Yet all of these “improvements” have led to nothing but corruption, destruction and disease.
Worst of all, these corporations have become so wealthy and (as a result) politically powerful, that in order to really affect change, we must do it from the ground up, by altering our daily shopping habits.
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Slaughterhouse consolidation is particularly problematic for small farmers specializing