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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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Hometown Versus Wall Street

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Touch the Soil News #172 Going public (your stock is sold on Wall Street) means you’ve achieved a certain size, standardized financial control and a potential for growth. Going public means you can sell stock to savvy investors. First and foremost in the minds of investors is the return. We are all familiar with the kinds of things that getting a return sacrifices in order to deliver gratuitous CEO salaries, stock dividends and rising stock values. To corral all the money investors want, we can generally expect: 1) A decline in product quality. 2) Pressure to keep folks at low wages. 3) Taking environmental shortcuts. 4) Exporting jobs overseas. However,…

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