Who owns our food?

12 03 2010

When buying food, I’ve been pretty good over the past few years at staying away from the big name companies. I try to buy local and organic whenever possible, but as organic/natural/small companies get more popular, they seem to be swallowed up by huge corps that are quickly monopolizing our food. We have a right to know what we are putting in our bodies and the bodies of those we love.

Take Health Valley, for example…owned by Hain. Yves? Yup, they’re Hain too. Naked juice? They’re owned by Pepsi, and Odwalla is owned by Coca-Cola. What about Green & Blacks? Cadbury Schweppes, people.

Here is a great chart for finding out whether or not your food is owned by a conglomerate.

http://nutritionwonderland.com/2009/02/organic-corporate-hierarchy/

And if you’d like to be even further informed and/or horrified, check out Coca-Cola’s own website, where they list all the companies they own, including one starting with every letter except X and Z. Impressive.

http://www.thecoca-colacompany.com/brands/brandlist.html

I guess it all comes down to attempting to buy fresh ingredients that are local and hopefully organic, and educating ourselves so we can support the little guys. ┬áIf you haven’t yet, see Food Inc.

And congratulations to The Cove for winning best documentary at the Oscars. It is an incredible film, and a story that deserves worldwide attention.

http://www.thecovemovie.com

Coke takever

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