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    Default ever wonder who your money goes to at the grocery store

    found this today, just in case you reeeaaalllyyy wondered who gets your cash at the grocery store these days.

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    That's 10 corporations who retail. On the supply side...
    Foodies, Get Thee to Occupy Wall Street | Mother Jones

    Okay, so farmers rely on a small handful of firms for their inputs. But it turns out the same thing holds true when they harvest and sell their crops. Just four companies—Cargill, Archer Daniels Midland, Bunge, and Louis Dreyfus—control up to 90 percent of the global trade in grain. In the United States, three of those firms process 70 percent of the soybeans and 40 percent of the wheat milled into flour. The bulk of corn and soy grown by US farmers ends up feeding animals in vast factories, and here, too, the consolidation is dramatic: Three companies now process more than 70 percent of all beef, and just four firms slaughter and pack upwards of 58 percent of all pork and chicken.

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    And this is why I do most of my shopping at the farmers market. In that respect I think I'm spoiled by my location.

    I would like to see that same type of chart for beer though. I kinda drink a little of everything.

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    No wonder there is no competitive pricing , there is no big overlap how the goods are divided by company...
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    I don't think the situation is much different in Canada or globally for that matter. A very few large Corporations control the bulk of the supply and distribution sides of the food chain. Industrial scale farming has driven a lot of small family farms out of business and those that survive have gotten larger and are themselves corporations. Anyway, you don't want to turn over too many rocks because you will quickly find out that your choices/options are really limited. No matter what you do your money funnels to a few select benefactors.

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    That is pretty Doom & Gloom

    So who has planted what this year ???? and did you use GMO free seeds ???
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    I’ve worked for a major American supermarket chain for almost 34 years. About 30 years ago the Division Manager for my division took the time to produce what was known as the ‘Cartales penny'. He used his own personal money to have 1/4 of a penny removed and each employee in his division received one along with a note that out of every dollar spent in the chains stores the profit for Corporate was 3/4’s of a cent!

    I don’t know how much they make now as that kind of information sharing is forbidden!

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    It was my understanding that the profit margins were small... But I've recently stated to buy in bulk from Amazon. They're selling at the same price as brick and mortar stores and delivering it FREE to your door. How?? Can that be!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gssixgun View Post
    That is pretty Doom & Gloom

    So who has planted what this year ???? and did you use GMO free seeds ???
    I doubt there has been any planting yet up here.

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