Where Do Our Food Dollars Go?

| May 12, 2013


Here are some questions I’ve been asking myself, and wonder if you’ve been asking them too:

Where do I do my food shopping?

Where does the majority of the food I eat come from?

Do I frequent farmers markets?

Better yet, am I growing and/or raising some of my own food?

Do I participate in a local buying group or CSA (community supported agriculture)?

Do I belong to a natural food coop and buy my food there, or shop at a health food store?

Or do I buy most of my food from a mainstream chain grocery store?

Is most of the food I buy real, minimally processed, nutrient dense food that comes from the earth? Or is much of it highly processed, prepackaged, and manufactured in a factory from commodity products?

Who or what am I supporting financially with every penny I spend on food?

For those of us who are interested in seeking out and purchasing the cleanest, healthiest, most nutrient dense food possible, asking these questions and being conscious of where we source our food is critical.

That’s because the vast majority of our food system has become incredibly compromised.

Unfortunately, much of the food that’s available for sale these days is not only contaminated with industrial petrochemicals, but is also highly processed and nutrient depleted. Not only that, but much of it is produced in ways that are mechanized, industrialized and bereft of any consciousness or regard for the natural world.

Global Food Cartels

What many people are unaware of is that much of the world’s food is controlled by an elite consortium of multinational corporate behemoths whose combined annual revenues number in the hundreds of billions of dollars.

Such companies are astonishingly large in scope and scale, are usually parent conglomerates of multiple smaller subsidiary companies. And even though they’re run by people, they function primarily as soulless, conscious-less corporate entities.

The Prime Directive of Agribusiness

The prime directive if these mega-companies – plain and simple – is PROFIT.

They are not concerned with the creation of fertile, healthy, well mineralized soil.

On the contrary. Their poisonous industrial petrochemicals and industrial agricultural techniques contaminate and deplete soils of their natural minerals and life giving fertility, rendering soil in which their commodity foods are grown degraded, impoverished, and effectively dead.

They are in no way interested in wisely stewarding the land.

Rather they exploit the land’s natural resources with no regard for the repercussions such mindless abuse and misuse of the earth may have for future generations.

They have no interest in humane animal husbandry practices.

Instead they essentially enslave livestock, forcing them to live unnaturally in CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations) under often inhumane, extremely unhealthy conditions, and feed them toxic petrochemical laden feed that is often genetically modified and inappropriate for the animal’s consumption.

They do not care one iota about providing high quality nourishment to human beings.

In fact much of what they peddle to the public is absurdly nutrient sparse and downright unhealthy.

Human Rights Violations – Environmental Degradation

These mega-corporations routinely perpetrate the exploitation of people and the despoilment of nature in order to fulfill their financial bottom lines.

Most if not all of these companies have been involved in illegal business practices such as human rights abuses including child slave labor, as well as environmental contamination, the production of poisonous tainted food products, price fixing, and vivisection.

Fines for violating human rights and environmental protection laws are merely a a slap on the wrist and a drop in the bucket for these kinds of megalithic corporate entities, the price of which is simply factored into the cost of doing business.

Food “Products” Sold to the Masses

These companies have unimaginably deep pockets and spend billions on advertizing to indoctrinate the public into believing people need to purchase their products.

And when I say products I mean just that: manufactured, packaged goods that come from factories, much of which is not even truly FOOD in a form that has ever been naturally consumed by human beings throughout the history of the human race – prior to the industrialization of agriculture and the mechanization of our food system.

These giants in the food industry include:

More and more these days, these kinds of huge global cartels are buying up smaller food company brands and in doing so, consolidating power into fewer and fewer hands and gaining ever greater control over the food supply.

Contrary to the face they portray to the public, these companies are corrupt and will stop at nothing to continue to gain more power and control over the global supply of food, and thereby over the human population of earth.

What We Can Do

  • Make a concerted effort to know where your food comes from and to avoid funneling your hard earned money into the hands of big agribusinesses.

  • Buy locally.

  • Grow your own food and/or shop at local farmers markets and food coops.

  • Gather some of your own food directly from the wild.

  • Get to know the farmers, ranchers and others in your area who are producing food with consciousness and who are devoted to mindfully stewarding the land, growing crops organically, and raising livestock humanely and feeding them properly.

  • Choose the packaged foods you purchase carefully.

  • Read labels.

  • Use the internet to investigate brands and parent companies of brands you’re considering purchasing to decide for yourself whether or not you wish to support those companies that own those brands with your money.

Remember, these global mega-corporations can only continue to be successful financially and continue to exploit human beings and animals and rape the earth, if the masses continue to fund their operations by purchasing their products.

If enough people withdraw their support of such corrupt corporate agribusinesses, these cartels will ultimately and inevitably crumble and fall like a house of cards.

If this post speaks to you, you may also be interested in reading this one: Commodity Based Agriculture: Our Corn, Soy and Canola Based Food Supply

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  1. Linda says:

    Good post Linda! Thanks for shedding more light on where the money goes and what is done with it. Knowledge is power, and so many people have absolutely no knowledge about these hidden food trails, where their food dollars are going, or what is being done with their money.

    Are you also going to post info on all of the “natural food” brands that have quietly been bought up by these mega corporations? There’s only a handful of truly independent companies left at the moment. Even if you only shop at co-ops or health food stores, there are no placards that tell you who owns each company. So while you think you’re supporting a small company, there’s a good chance your dollars are actually going to Cargill or Nestle, etc.

    Thanks for all you’re doing to inform and empower people! Keep up the good work.

    • Linda Zurich says:

      Thanks, Linda!

      Yes, you’re so right to point out about how many of the so-called ‘natural’ brands available in coops and health food stores these days have been gobbled up by the likes of these megacorp parent companies.

      Appreciate your input and the great idea for a future post!

  2. Susan W says:

    When I was in Norway last summer, I was shocked to see that MSG and aspartame were still in the markets and Unilever was there (same logo but called “Uni”, not Unilever).