March 25: Heinz Kraft Co. becomes the 5th largest food producing company in the world

Maybe you noticed this in the news today.  Maybe you didn’t.  This $40 billion acquisition will very likely affect the food system that you depend on, a food system that is seeing the consolidation of power in the hands of fewer and fewer giant corporations.  This image (originally produced by Business Insider but now duplicated in many places on the Internet) is a good visual of the top 10 US companies and the complex web that is quite invisible to consumers.  Combined, these 10 companies control 70% of the industrial food system in North America.  If you eat food, you should be interested in this.