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The other day, I came across this map on Grist illustrating where our money goes/who we are supporting when purchasing different products.
It’s amazing to see how these 10 companies cast such a far and diverse net in the market place. In some cases, they outright own the companies in the boxes, in other instances, they are major financial investors.
So, what does this mean? Well, for one, these companies, which are comprised of so many businesses, have a major control and set a standard for what business and energy practices are used.
Keep in mind that green practices and organics are a very small portion of what these companies are about (thankfully it is growing as a result of social/consumer demand).
When it comes to food, we’re talking about supporting GMO (genetically modified organism) farming which means supporting companies like Monsanto.
In fact, around 80-90% of all corn and soy grown in the United States is now GMO, thanks to Monsanto. That’s why I love supporting local, small business, artisans, and of course, farmers which are growing crops using seeds from organizations like seed savers.
And, I’ve discovered that the best way to find out what your supporting, is to simply ask your friendly shop owner, restauranteur or farmer. That way, you can make the choice as to what and who you want to support. Thank Latte for that.