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10 Companies That Control Almost Everything We Eat & Drink

Scour the aisles of the grocery store, and you may be astonished to find just how many types of Pringles there are out there. But while there seems to be no end to the diversity of junk food, a comprehensive infographic has been put together to show you just how few corporations provide us with the hundreds of products available at our fingertips.

Oxfam International created the infographic that exposes an inconceivable reality: Just 10 main corporations manufacture the majority of what we purchase at the market.

“What we did is we took certain issues … [and] we saw the kind of impacts they had on the ground,” Chris Jochnick of Oxfam told NPR. “We released reports about those issues and those impacts and how they’re tied to the 10 largest food and beverage companies. And then we pushed the companies to begin to address them.”

You may not normally associate makers of soda with makers of granola bars, but seeing these unlikely ties that form the “Big 10” of the food and beverage industry controlling what we put in our carts proves just how easy it is to be duped by the American food system. For instance, PepsiCo produces Quaker granola bars, while Nestlé makes frozen California Pizza Kitchen pies. Want to feel even more misinformed? Pineapple Fanta doesn’t come from a tropical island at all, but is canned at the Coca-Cola factory, just like Barq’s root beer.

Alexander E.M. Hess noted in USA Today:

These corporations are so powerful that their policies can have a major impact on the diets and working conditions of people worldwide, as well as on the environment.

Even just the fact that you can count on two hands, the companies that control our groceries is a crazy thought – but a much-needed realization.

These companies include: PepsiCo, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Associated British Foods, Mondēlez (formerly Kraft Foods), Unilever, Mars, Danone, Nestle and Coca-Cola

These huge corporations make it almost impossible for startups and small businesses to compete at all. What’s more, OxFam America only examined the top-earning companies for its campaign but natural brands have been a part of big buyouts, too.

Even when you buy brands you consider to be better choices, such as Naked Juice and Garden of Eatin’ all-natural chips, they are still parent owned by the very companies we want to avoid, like Coca-Cola, General Mills and Nestle.

The environmental impact these companies are having on the health of our planet is also massively disturbing.

Business Insider reported:

The Big 10 emitted 263.7 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions in 2013 and if the companies were a nation, it would be the 25th most polluting country in the world.

If you want to help and take action, steer clear of the Big 10 altogether. Become aware of everything they manufacture, and ensure you don’t buy any of their products. Shop at your local farmers’ markets and small family run grocery stored and continue to do your research on small-scale brands you love, because you never know when they may get bought by the big boys too!

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