Reforming the Foodopoly
A handful of companies with tremendous political clout control every step of food production. The foodopoly prevents farmers from raising healthy crops and limits the choices that people can make in the grocery store. This hijacking of our food system, from farm to fork, is making Americans fat and sick. It's time to pull the curtain back from the little-understood but vital realm of agriculture and food policy. We need to understand what has happened and work together to build the political power to fix it.
"We can't just shop our way out of this one."
Foodopoly's trailer and Website: foodopoly.org
Who Controls Your Food?
There's a lot of food on the shelves that advertises itself as choice. But the reality is, much of it is produced by a very small number of big companies. Even when we try to shop smartly, we can barely influence the quality of the food we get. It takes activism. Let's talk frankly about what we CAN do.
Wenonah Hauter is the Executive Director of Food & Water Watch. She has worked extensively on food, water, energy, and environmental issues at the national, state and local level. Her book Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America examines the corporate consolidation and control over our food system and what it means for farmers and consumers.
When she was 11, Wenonah’s father bought a hardscrabble farm in the Bull Run Mountains of Virginia. There she developed an appreciation for what it really means to grow food — she picked potato bugs, plucked chickens and chopped kindling.
Today, Wenonah is experienced in developing policy positions and legislative strategies, she is also a skilled and accomplished organizer, having lobbied and developed grassroots field strategy and action plans. From 1997 to 2005 she served as Director of Public Citizen’s Energy and Environment Program, which focused on water, food, and energy policy. From 1996 to 1997, she was environmental policy director for Citizen Action, where she worked with the organization’s 30 state-based groups. From 1989 to 1995 she was at the Union of Concerned Scientists where as a senior organizer, she coordinated broad-based, grassroots sustainable energy campaigns in several states. She has an M.S. in Applied Anthropology from the University of Maryland.
Publisher’s Weekly calls her book Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America, “…a meticulously researched tour de force…” In Foodopoly she examines the corporate consolidation and control over our food system and what it means for farmers and consumers.