It’s no secret that one of these giant multibillion dollar agribusinesses, Monsanto, is already controlling most of our food supply. In zealous defense of its genetically altered crops – widely used in America and in Latin America – the company has sued many organic farmers and local food producers because their crops had become contaminated with its own biotech alterations, demanding the farmers purchase Monsanto’s “Franken-seeds” instead.
The culprits – Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, Dow and DuPont – have consolidated their power, making it difficult for the average American to grow their own food using independent seed sources.
50 percent of chickens now processed for consumption in the U.S., as well as 80 percent of cows and 60 percent of pigs are controlled by four major companies since “factory farming” was introduced. Even the American organic food industry is now mostly owned by companies like Coca-Cola, ConAgra, General Mills, Kellogg, Kraft and M&M Mars.
And that great American icon Walmart? The company has destroyed thousands of U.S. small businesses and food manufacturers as well as tens and thousands of jobs to maximize profits by importing cheap foods and goods from China. The Economic Policy Institute reported that between 2001 and 2006, trade between Wal-Mart and China resulted in the loss of 133,000 manufacturing jobs in the United States .
If we collectively fight back with what few choices we still do have, perhaps we can make a real difference. By supporting local farmers markets, buying local organic foods not produced by multinational agribusiness corporations, by growing our own foods, planting uncontaminated seeds and identifying local wild food sources, by hunting, fishing and canning/preserving the fruits of our labor… we potentially set in motion the tools for sustainable healthy living for this generation and for those to come.