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The Battle to Control What We Think About Food

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Touch the Soil News #219 We’ve all heard the expression putting a “Spin” on information or truth. The “spin” essentially means that by turning and twisting information, you can drop the truth and add false ingredients. We were particularly interested in a report that just came out called “Spinning Food.” The upshot of the report is that Industrial food companies create “Front Groups” that look like legitimate enterprises, but are used to put a “Spin” on the story of food. The authors of the report include Kari Hamerschlag, Anna Lappe and Stacy Malkan with support from Friends of the Earth. Cover of the special Spinning Food report (courtesy of Friends…

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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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