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Conglomer-ATE: The Consolidation of American Food (Infographic)

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A big thanks to the FRUGALDAD site for sending us this infographic to share with you.  This really sheds light on the actual “food pyramid”.  Hey guys!  How about that 35 POUNDS of antibiotics you will consume over your lifetime via storebought meats?  YUUUUUMMMM!  Does this make any one wonder what is actually sitting on your Thanksgiving table?  Take a look a this graphic and then ask yourself…..is the Federal government really worried about food safety?  Are they really trying to prevent centralization and monopoly’s in agriculture?  More

DOJ Gets Serious About Antitrust, Targeting Dean Foods and Monsanto

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ORIGINAL POST AT BNET  link here.

By Katherine Glover | Jan 27, 2010

Katherine Glover is a Minneapolis-based print, radio and online journalist. She’s written for Salon.com, Sierra Magazine and many others, and she does a weekly blog on immigration issues for MinnPost.

The Department of Justice has formalized its investigation of Monsanto and filed a lawsuit against Dean Foods, confirming rumors that the DOJ would be more vigilant on antitrust issues under the Obama Administration.

The Justice Department seeks to undo Dean’s acquisition of two Wisconsin dairy companies, alleging that the deal was a way to reduce competition and raise prices. This legal action is “highly unusual” according to one dairy analyst; “this is the first bark we’ve heard from the antitrust division on food issues in a very long time.” The Bush Administration did not file a single major anti-monopoly case, according to the Washington Post.

The latest Monsanto investigation is about whether Monsanto will continue to produce its current Roundup Ready soybean seeds after the patent expires in 2014, or whether it will simply swap in a new, upgraded product under a new patent so it can maintain its high prices.

This is not the first time Monsanto has been accused of monopolist tendencies; the company controls an estimated 96 percent of the U.S. soybean crop and 80 percent of its corn crop, and some have compared Monsanto to the Microsoft of earlier decades. READ MORE

 Katherine Glover

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