The Global Agribusiness
Today I will be discussing food and how it is being affected on several levels. Some of those include economic, global, and even chemical. There has been a transition from agricultural diversity to an industrial model that has given global corporations full reign over the expansion of the agribusiness as well as the policies and procedures of the industry. Because of this, the current social trend is slowly leaning towards the belief that corporations are to blame for the disparity in the healthy or organic foods that are free of pesticides and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). To sum up the issue at its core, a quote from the class text describes it very effectively: “Although the plethora of products you see at a typical supermarket gives the appearance of abundant choice, much of the variety is more a matter of branding than of true agricultural variety…”(Eitzen & Zinn, 2012, p. 310) and by this the author is referring to supermarkets like Wal-Mart or Albertsons, for example, who carry several selections of any single item which add up to thousands of products at each location. The quote ends by explaining that these thousands of brands and products are made available and affordable because they have been globally standardized and produced for optimum profit by the few executives who own the corporations. Unfortunately, this trend has been in the making for 20 years now and it seems to be ever expanding. This is going to keep unraveling the consequences we are currently beginning to see. The two biggest issues with this are the decline in the nutritional value of virtually all foods being consumed and the decline in supporting local sustainability for farmers and communities.
While doing my research I came across the website of an organization called GRAIN, which is an international non-profit that dedicates its efforts in aiding small farmers towards establishing community and bio-diversity based food systems. They...