4.01.2009

Fighting the Food Giants?

Sometimes buying organic isn't all that it's cracked up to be. There are some really great organic products out there....but do you know who owns them? Are they really locally-owned and produced? Or are they basically the same as every other product out there?










The image above shows who owns some of the popular organic products you'll find in your local health food store. For a larger image, click here. Any surprises? I sure was shocked when I saw this chart; but it just goes to show that it's still best to support local farms and agriculture and to try to do as much as you can on your own!

P.S. I'll be back to my "regularly-scheduled" posts in a few weeks, as I'm currently away on a family vacation! Our computer (at home) is fixed now, so I should be up and running soon!

4 comments:

Christie said...

Carrie, your chart definitely brings up interesting food questions - as the owner of a small, organic food company, I thought I'd add my 2 cents - though companies like Kraft may 'own' these small companies, many times they are completely run by the original owner. A big company like Kraft swoops in, injects a lot of cash into the operation, and then usually steps back and lets the original owner run the company for the most part. I went into talks with larger companies about buying my company, and this is what I learned in our discussions. Though I choose to get the produce and meat for my family at least 85% from our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) I do buy staples like flour from organic providers without fear of the big guys that have these companies on their books. It's completely different production than their low-grade consumer brands.
Must my humble opinion....
Christie
The Healthy Pet Gourmet

Carrie @ OrganicThrifty said...

Christie,

Thanks for the insight! That's very assuring to me! I think your way of doing things sounds like a well-balanced compromise! Thanks for your two cents! That's exactly what I wanted from this post :)

Helenrr said...

Carrie, Christie is correct in how many of the companies on the chart work. I do have concerns about manipulation of foods (i.e. the additives that are allowed include 'natural spice or seasonings' which can be a number of things I don't want) and of course, if the parent company fails, what happens to the smaller companies. In some cases, it can make a product line more available and steady the company through the down time.
I have watched many companies go from very small (Breadshop and Celestial for example) to quite large. It bothers me some but it is the natural progression of companies in this part of the world. Sometimes I go for smaller brands or local brands instead of the ones on the chart.
It is all in picking and choosing-I don't compromise and my food bill can reflect that at times! We do have CSA's and such, but I wish there were more small farms, etc around here!
Thanks for the information, I love your passion for food!
:)
Much love to all,
Your food passionate Aunt,
Helen

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My friend just told me about this and I love your style to redact the information , you must be a journalism or a reporter! I think we need more time to read each entry, buy yeah, We're sure was shocked when we saw this chart.