New book examines power, concentration in the food system

phil-book-coverA few powerful actors decide what we eat and how much gets to us.

As much as 40 percent or more of the market at every key stage in the U.S. food system is controlled by four firms, according to Philip Howard, an associate professor in community sustainability at Michigan State University.

That has implications for harming the environment, human health, poor people, recent immigrants and minorities,  said Howard who has published a new book, “Concentration and Power in the Food System: Who Controls What We Eat?”

Philip Howard
Philip Howard

Howard, a member of the International Panel for Experts on Sustainable Food Systems, spoke recently with The Food Fix.

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