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Can you Name the Largest Food Company in the World? (Part 1 of 2)

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Touch the Soil News # 145 Do you know who the world’s largest food company is? Many of us have not heard of this company because it is privately held and does not hit the news often. In fact, it is the largest privately held company in the United States. This does not mean that this company’s role in our food is as obscure as its name. It is a food behemoth that dominates all roads between the world’s farms and your dinner plate. The company’s vision is to be the global leader in nourishing people. Following are some facts of this company: This company has more descendants that are…

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The World’s Largest Food “Manufacturing” Companies – Behind the Scenes (Part 2 of 2)

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In Part 1, we covered some background on the 10 largest food manufacturing companies plus behind-the-scenes information on the first five companies. In Part 2, we will look at the last five companies with #1 being the largest food manufacturing company in the world. Company #5 – Mondelez International Mondelez International split off from Kraft Foods in 2012, taking with it all the snack and candy brands such as Cadbury, Nabisco, Oreo, Trident gum, Wheat Thins, Ritz crackers, Sour Patch Kids and many others. Headquartered in East Hanover, New Jersey, the Company has annual revenues of $35.3 billion annually. It is the world’s largest snack food company. The CEO of…

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The World’s Largest Food “Manufacturing” Companies – Behind the Scenes (Part 1 of 2)

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Touch the Soil News # 119   The following information on the world’s 10 largest food manufacturing companies comes from Oxfam, USA Today and the annual reports of the respective companies. Globally, the food-chain industries (farming, processing, manufacturing and retailing) employ more than 1 billion people or a third of the global workforce. Yet, a relatively small number of companies wield an enormous amount of influence – hence the focus on the 10 largest food manufacturing companies. These 10 food manufacturing corporations employ less than 1.5 million people – less than two tenths of one percent of the total food-chain employment. Yet, the influence of these companies goes up and…

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Food Gardening – What is the Attitude of the Food and Drug Administration?

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For many years food production by home food gardeners, community gardeners and urban farmers has been on the rise. According to the National Gardening Association, growing food at home or in a community garden is up 17 percent over the past 5 years.  In 1994, there were 1,755 farmer’s markets in the U.S. By 2014 there were 8,268 farmers markets, an almost five-fold increase. Purchases of organic foods, absent many of the food additives that are causing concern are expected to grow at an annual rate of 14 percent from 2013 to 2018. The Organic Trade Association estimates that about 81 percent of families are purchasing organic food at least…

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High Fructose Corn Syrup – The Winner of the Food Ingredient You Should Avoid Most

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The non-profit – Citizens for Health – sponsors a Website called Food Identity Theft. The idea is that much of the food we eat has been changed through additives, preservatives and toxins that can enter anywhere along the food chain. Recently, in celebration of National Read Your Labels Day (4/11/15) Food Identity Theft listed the top 10 food additives that you should avoid. Starting from #10 we’ll work up towards #1:   #10 – Artificial Colors. These chemicals are suspected of bringing contaminants into the food chain for no practical reason other than visual promotion.   #9 BHA and BHT. Preservatives made from coal tar or petroleum that are banned…

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