:: ONE GROUP TO RULE THEM ALL
Ever-fewer and ever-larger corporations control the global food system, at every stage of the food chain. Between 2015 and 2016, five of the largest 12 mergers between publicly-traded companies came in the agrifood sector.
"Industrial agriculture is responsible for both colossal environmental and climate damage as well as global injustice. It is high time for a socially and politically oriented regulation of the agrifood industry." - HBS, the Agrifood Atlas
"𝗘𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝗴𝗿𝗶𝗰𝘂𝗹𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗮𝗰𝘁" - Wendell Berry, The Pleasure of Eating
- A situation where the poorest stay hungry despite an oversupply of food. The global harvest of edible crops is today equal to around 4,600 kcal per person per day – but more than half of this is lost in storage, via distribution, food waste and being fed to livestock.
- Price pressure through buyers’ cartels: Food retailers and processors put pressure on their suppliers, squeezing out smaller producers, and poor working conditions and low pay exist along the food chain. Around 80% of the global tea market is controlled by just three corporations.
- Job cuts and low wages: The current wave of mergers in the processing industries – such as Kraft Heinz and AB Inbev-SAB Miller – were driven by cost saving calculations, and led to thousands of job cuts.
- A risk to future food production: merged agrifood corporations are driving industrialisation along the whole food chain, with 20% of the world's agricultural land now degraded.
- Less consumer choice: increased monopolies are putting the food chain into even fewer hands. Almost half of all food sold in the EU comes from just ten supermarket chains and 50 food processing companies account for half of all global food sales. Only four companies produce 60% of the world’s baby food.
--> Full read: https://www.boell.de/en/agrifood-atlas