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The Food Chain – A Landscape of Power Struggles (Part 2 of 2)

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Touch the Soil News #365 While it is not common knowledge, many of the struggles hitting the media headlines over food and food employees are also agitating within corporate structures. It is not uncommon for stockholders to express social justice changes to the board of directors – Tyson Foods not being spared the internal controversy. What is interesting are the types of shareholder proposals that come up in a company like Tyson Foods. Called the “Proxy Statement,” public companies use this document to communicate company issues and items stockholders need to vote on. In the most recent Tyson Foods “2015 Proxy Statement” several shareholder proposals came up. In each of…

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Touch the Soil News #364 We perceive the 2016 Presidential Election to be important – because we believe whoever is President will have great power over our future. However, is it possible there are powers as strong as political power? Powers that – in addition to control over food – exert influence on the political system. Is there evidence of this power? Consider what happens when consumers want something better out of the food chain. To get change, people must employ protests, boycotts, letters and smoozing politicians – which can take years even decades to get action. The opposition to positive change is tremendously powerful. Consider how long folks have…

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What Do Brazilian Billionaires Have to do With the Hot Dogs You’re Eating?

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Touch the Soil News #322 Ok, here are their names: 1) Jorge Paulo Lehmann (net worth – $28.2 billion) 2) Carlos Alberto Sicupira (net worth – $11.2 billion) 3) Marcel Hermann Telles  (net worth – $12.8 billion)  4) Roberto Thompson Motta (net worth not published). These four gentlemen are the principals of 3G Partners – one of the world’s largest private investment and management firms. 3G partners oversee the Kraft/Heinz Company, Tim Hortons restaurants (one of the largest chains in North America) and Burger King Worldwide. The Kraft Heinz Company owns Oscar Mayer – the famous hot dog brand. The recent news that Burger King is now offering grilled hot…

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