What Happens When Big Corporations Take Over Green Companies

Let's take a deeper look at some examples:

'Over at Daily Kos, WereBear laments what has happened to his once beloved Ben and Jerry's since they acquired by industrial giant Unilever

But we read labels. And, slowly, the ingredients list got longer and less pronounceable.

Look at a recent ingredient list, and I bolded what used to NOT be in there: Cream, Skim Milk, Liquid Sugar, Water, Cherries, Egg Yolks, Sugar, Corn Syrup, Coconut Oil, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Cocoa (Processed With Alkali), Cocoa, Natural Flavors, Concentrated Lemon Juice, Caramel And Red Cabbage Juice Extract (For Color), Guar Gum, Milkfat, Soya Lecithin, Carrageenan.

Sad, sad, sad.'


'Many people who buy organic and natural products are particularly interested in supporting small companies, and family farms. They want to feel connected to their food, and know that they companies producing it feel the same way. Knowing this, many large companies hide the fact that they own many of the top organic brands. The Organic Consumer's Association has a great chart called "Who Owns What" that shows a lot of the connections. For example you might not know that General Mills owns Cascadian Farms and Muir Glen. They certainly don't go out of their way to tell you! AlterNet describes the situation in"Why Silk Soy Milk's Parent Company Is Throwing American Farmers and Consumers Under the Bus.'

A recent USDA report, "Emerging Issues in the U.S. Organic Industry," points out two notable trends in American food: Conventional food corporations are taking over successful independent organic companies, and the corporations are becoming increasingly dependent on imported ingredients.


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