Invisible Giant

Kneen, Brewster
Publisher:  Fernwood Publishing
Year Published:  2002  
Pages:  222pp  
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX8122

A far-reaching analysis of a global food company that now has 800 locations in over 60 countries and more than 50 lines of business.

Abstract:  This is a far reaching analysis of a global food company that now has 800 locations in over 60 countries and more than 50 lines of business. Cargill, the "Jolly Green Giant" does not only make profits from food production but also from money speculation and the futures market. Kneen shows how this international conglomerate has become a de facto agent of U.S. foreign policy. It enforces its economic power not by using invading forces but by sending "agents" who act as benevolent food suppliers to the hungry. He explains how they use vague promises of establishing a plant and the use of large amounts of public money to finance it. In his final chapter he argues that its weakness is a direct result of its strength-it has an unquenchable appetite for growth which will eventually lead to local resistance. To illustrate his point he draws on analogies from colonial occupires and their fate. To further illustrate this he docments the growing small scale diversified agriculture and local self-help develpment food systems.


Table of Contents:

Preface
1. Mutant Giants
2. Cargill Inc – The Numbers
3. Origins, Organization and Ownership
4. Policy Advocacy and Capitalist Subsidies
5. Creatures: Feeding and Processing
6. Cotton, Peanuts & Malting
7. Processing: Oilseeds, Soybeans, Corn & Wheat
8. Invisible Commodities
9. E-commerce
10. Coming and Going: Transport and Storage
11. A Typical Story– Canada, and Mexico
12. Fertilizer
13. The West Coast
14. Rivers of Soy - South America
15. Juice
16. The ‘Far East’
17. Seeds
18. Salt
19. Only Cargill’s Future?
Endnotes
References
Index

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