Foodies, Get Thee to Occupy Wall Street | Mother Jones

Foodies, Get Thee to Occupy Wall Street | Mother Jones.

Why? Whether or not you believe in the power of occupation and protest to motivate social change, Philpott breaks down fundamental problems with our corporate food industry that all eaters of food in America should pay attention to.

Not your problem? Well, at this rate, by default, if you eat in this country, you’re affected too. Unless you live under a rock, or an area too rural to access internet, which is unlikely.

Here are the four reasons Tom cites that you should jump to your nearest “Occupy” scene. But first inform yourself, and all the skeptics you know with some of the facts he lays out in his article:

1. The food industry is a big fat monopoly.

2. The food industry screws farmers, its own employees, and the environment.

3. Wall Street’s greed leaves millions to starve—literally.

4. Our politicians are in bed with agribusiness.

By 2002, just four companies produced 75 percent of cereal and snacks, 60 percent of cookies, and half of all ice cream.

Some 80 percent of the antibiotics sold in the United States go to livestock facilities, the FDA reports.

Three companies process more than 70 percent of beef in the US; four slaughter and pack more than 58 percent of our pork and chicken.


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