Who Owns Organics Now & Toxic Foods ? Feb 19/14
Cdsapi’s Add Comment: 150+ years ago, the first Rockefeller Corporate mogul, the founder of Standard Oil and the Chemical Empire, John D. Rockefeller, enunciated as his central “business philosophy” that “Tolerating Competition” was the “Unforgiveable Sin”.
His strategy was short and simple: “I will BUY you out”, and if you resist, “I will WIPE you out”.
150 years ago, most of agriculture was essentially organic. The term “organic” was later designated to differentiate between farming Naturally and the developing agricultural monstrosity that was morphing farming into “corporate-controlled, industrialized, chemicalized, agribusiness factory farming entretprises.”. –
Nature, natural. and Organic farming was soon to become the “Intolerable Competitive Thorn” in the side of Corporate Agribusiness. It is that intolerable “control group” that demonstrates the “health benefit effects” of naturally produced foods and the “Health-destruction effects” of Toxic, chemically and pathologically contaminated foods, produced through industrialized Corporate-owned Factory Farming Agribusiness.
The Corporate Solution: - using the power and leverage of accumulated Wealth that they had plundered - “We will buy you out” - and if you little local organic producers persist in being the pesky nuisance (that the public increasingly demands and supports) - “We will wipe you out”.
The following diagram illustrates just how far advanced this strategy of eliminating the “organic competition” has been implemented.
It is ironic that the supposedly most advanced nation on the planet has permitted the destruction of healthy food production and replaced it with the promotion of Toxic food in the hands of ruthless Corporations, that protect their secrecy under the umbrella of “Proprietary Privilege and Confidentiality”., with enough Wealth To Purchase Everything - the land, the government, the judiciary, academia, research, medicine, the media, labor, the educational system, advertising, entertainment (the brainwashing institutions)…... And once they have “bought out the competition” the definition and conditions of Organic are conveniently changed - to a definition that is an abomination, to include all that should have remained “excluded” – like pesticides, GMOs. etc..
“Man is the only species that knowingly destroys and discards Life’s Essentials, engineers and finances its own destruction, and does so in the name of “Economic Necessity”.
“ACTIONS are ATTITUDES in MOTIONS”
If we do not like the Actions, we have to look at the Attitudes that have produced them.
That means changing our “attitudinal paradigm”. No! Money must not give a “select wealthy few” that right to enslave the rest of humanity and to “slow-kill” them with Toxic Foods..
As long as money remains a “Commodity” rather than a facilitators of exchange, and “Making Money” takes priority over “Protecting the Life’s Essentials”, the Rockefeller Corporate Strategy will flourish unimpeded. “We will buy you out’ or “We will wipe you out’. – but we will be destroyed you as Competition ;
Unless WE put a halt to this legalistically-protected “economic criminality”, true organic farming will suffer the fate of the dodo-bird and the passenger pigeon that were incrementally ”picked off” to disappear into the oblivion of history.
If it is “healthy food” that we want - then it is the “production of healthy food” that we must protect.
W must never permit a Bill Gates and a Rockefeller, or a George Soros or the Koch Brothers, or Carlyle or Walmart - on the basis of their accumulated Wealth – to become and determine our Governance.
Just consider this: every animal has its “economy” – it consists of procuring and having what it needs. And none of them have “money” to determine their survival. Only mankind allows the sacrifice of Survival in order to make Fiat Money, to be used as the Lever of Power and Control over populations and their environment - the new slave masters of World Governance.
comment by cdsapi - Citizens Demand Scientific, Academic, Political (and Media) Integrity.
Please pass on this diagram!
----- Original Message -----
From: The Cornucopia Institute
To: Sent: Thursday, February 13, 2014 5:12 PM
Subject: Who Owns Organic Now? New Info Graphic Tracks the Corporate Takeover of Organics…
Who Owns Organic Now?
New Info Graphic Tracks the Corporate Takeover of Organics…
Prominent Info Graphic Decoding Corporate Ownership in Organics Updated
http://www.cornucopia.org/2014/02/owns-organic-now-new-info-graphic-tracks-corporate-takeover-organics/ Click on the image above to link to a larger version of the info graphic
In 1995 there were 81 independent organic processing companies in the United States. A decade later, Big Food had gobbled up all but 15 of them.
Corporate consolidation of the food system has been largely hidden from consumers. That’s changing, thanks to tools such as Philip H. Howard’s widely circulated “Who Owns Organic?” infographic. Originally published in 2003, the chart provides a snapshot of the structure of the organic industry, showing the acquisitions and alliances of the top 100 food processors in North America. The chart empowers consumers to see at a glance which companies dominate the organic marketplace.
The Cornucopia Institute has been proud to feature Dr. Howard's work and help supply information helping the Michigan State University researcher keep abreast of the shifting ownership environment in the organic industry.
Dr. Phil Howard, an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State, is responsible for the creation and updating of the organic food business chart. He teaches in the University’s Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies program.
Dr. Howard released an update of the chart on February 13. It is posted prominently on the right-hand margin at www.cornucopia.org.
Major changes since the last version (May 2013) include WhiteWave’s December 2013 acquisition of Earthbound Farm, the nation’s largest organic produce supplier, for $600 million, said Howard. Additionally, Coca-Cola acquired a 10% stake in Green Mountain Coffee for $1.25 billion, and Bimbo Bakeries (Mexico) purchased Canada Bread from Maple Leaf Foods (Canada) for $1.7 billion.
The chart shows that many iconic organic brands are owned by the titans of junk food, processed food and sugary beverages—the same corporations that spent millions to defeat GMO labeling initiatives in California and Washington. General Mills (which owns Muir Glen, Cascadian Farm, and LaraBar), Coca-Cola (Honest Tea, Odwalla), J.M. Smucker (R.W. Knudsen, Santa Cruz Organic), and many other corporate owners of organic brands contributed big bucks to deny citizens’ right to know what is in their food.
“Consumers who want food companies that embody more of the original organic ideals would do well to seek out products from independent organic firms,” Howard advises. “Given the very uneven playing field they are competing in, independent organic processors are unlikely to survive without such support.”
Tools such as Howard’s infographic and The Cornucopia Institute’s scorecards rating organic brands of dairy, eggs, soy foods and breakfast cereals empower consumers to make those choices. The updated chart and scorecards are available for download at www.cornucopia.org.
Howard has created additional infographics and network animations on the wine, beer, soft drink, coffee and seed industries, as well as on foodborne illnesses and the structure of the food system (www.msu.edu/~howardp/index.html).
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The Price of TOXIC FOOD
Inge's Added Comment: Wednesday's program on Coast-to-Coast AM was excellent,
Here is a brief summary. If you have access to their archives, this program is worth listening to.
Dr. Abram Hofer summed this up in one short sentence, many years ago.
"If man made it, don't eat it."
He made the astute observation that "our taste buds can kill us" - and are killing us".
In other words - avoid manipulated (GMOs) and processed foods.
The Corporations reap wealth - and we reap destruction of our health.
Nature gives us everything our bodies need. - eat "naturally" with "gratitude".
Learn from the WIDSOM inherent in Nature - but regretfully, woefully absent in our infatuation with the "superiority of human (unwise)-intelligence".
Coast to Coast AM
February 13, 2014
On Wednesday's show, nutritionist and biochemist Ted Broer discussed
the long term dangers of eating toxic foods,
sold to us by multinational corporations.
He outlined ten items that he believes it is especially important to avoid in order to maintain good health:
1) High fat meats such as bacon and hot dogs, which contain sodium nitrates – especially processed meats
2) Aspartame, the artificial sweetener used in diet drinks and other products
3) Margarine, and products that contain transfat (use organic butter instead)
4) Shellfish, generally contains too much contamination
5) Junk foods (like Twinkies), and products with high fructose corn syrup
6) Soy products, tend to increase estrogen levels
7) Fluoridated and chlorinated water, act as endocrine disruptors
8) High fat dairy products, and non-organic dairy (have bovine growth hormones)
9) Coffee, elevates harmful cortisol levels
10) Alcohol, habitual or daily use causes problems
Broer also highlighted various other dangers:
-- chemtrails are putting aluminum and barium into our atmosphere,
- immunizations (especially those that contain squalene or thimerosal) are associated with increased cases of autism,