The size and power of the US food oligopoly

Nov 28, 2011 12:00 AM

Four food giants had total sales of $ 240 bn in 2010, more than the GDPs of 148 countries
Take a look at this infographic from the Frugal Dad team. I’ve said it a million times: You get what you pay for, and cheap food is no exception.

The amount of consolidation in the industry is shocking, and it’s not getting better any time soon.
If you’ve been following the news, you know that Big Food successfully lobbied to have pizza sauce considered a vegetable under school lunch rules. The industry also managed to block most of the nutritional changes that to school lunches that doctors and dieticians had been recommending for years, virtually guaranteeing that America’s schools will continue to serve processed, unhealthy garbage to our children.

If you didn’t know that Big Food wields disproportionate influence in America today, reading this infographic will be a great wakeup call.


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