In other words, the corporate domination of our food supply is bad for consumers, workers, the environment and animals. It's also bad for the farmers.
That's now new, but I was surprised and disturbed to see how:
- Monsanto is using legal pressure to destroy its competition in seed sales, regardless of the merit of its cases. (Isn't there a penalty for frivolous lawsuits?). This article (via DG) details Monsanto's massive -- and monopolistic-- price increases for seeds.
- How regulatory capture is HUGE within the FDA, USDA and other branches of government. Our food is not safe because the people who are supposed to keep it safe work for the companies that make it unsafe.
- Meatpackers employ a lot of illegal migrants. They have a deal with the INS (Homeland Security [sic]): They give INS 15 illegals a day so INS will not conduct large-scale raids that would disrupt business.
Oh, and Wal-Mart looks good (again) for its pursuit of what customers want: Organics, or non rBST milk, or...
Bottom Line: The government will not take care of you if companies are paying it to take care of them.