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simon Posted at 2006/05/02 4:00pm reply to

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  pretty flow chart

I'd like to do one that's corporate ownership of natural (or vegan) foods, to post at wheatsville. what's missing for that? Should be graphically easily to do based on this one right (ross, jacob?).

thoughts

simon
Ross Posted at 2006/05/02 6:28pm reply to

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wow, that's quite the diagram. i never realized just how much was under heinz/hain celestial
becfree Posted at 2006/05/03 8:59pm reply to

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wow... I am not sure what to feel about this... I think I am still too pessimistic. They will ruin and deceive the industry; if not already... man, I am getting to the point of not buying any pre-prepared foods any more.
simon Posted at 2006/05/04 2:15pm reply to

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>man, I am getting to the point of not buying any pre-prepared foods any more.

it is scary. I was looking at the shelves at wheatsville yesterday, chatting with some folks who work there and came to the same conclusion. I'm writing an article on the subject for the next issue of the WV breeze, so any input/references here would be extremely useful for this. Somebody else will be writing a counterpoint article featuring the good food/natural care product companies.

here's a previous thread on the same subject:

And here's some stuff that Matt posted, that can be referenced in the linked article:
  
Lightlife: ( "gimmelean" fake meats) - owned by one of the nation's top beef producers, ConAgra. So giving them money is giving money to an industry that vegans are trying to avoid.

White Wave: ("Silk" and other soy products) - owned by one of the nations largest dairy producers, Dean foods. See above.

Boca: (BocaBurgers, ect) - owned by Kraft- which is owned by Phillip Morris (hiding behind the name Altria). Many people are not interested in giving money to "big tobacco" for ethical reasons.

Odwalla: Owned by Coca-Cola. What's so bad about Coke? They are notorious for contaminating the water supply in developing countries such as India. They have been implicated in the murder of labor activists in Columbia. They have exploited the American public school systems need of funds to the point of absurdity- and have managed to get their products not only into the cafeterias and hallways, but even poorly disguised adverts into the classrooms and curricula.

The other problem with buying big biz's products is that it is often hard to know who is profiting off of your support -- b/c often companies that you do not want to support are the major shareholders of a seemingly acceptable company --- examples:

Chipotle Grill = once a small local Denver eatery- then huge investments making McDonald's the main shareholder enables it to spread over the country.

Cascadian Farms/Muir Glen = love that they have organic stuff- but their main shareholders are Phillip Morris, Exxon-Mobil, McDonalds

Silk (again) = main shareholders are Phillip Morris, Wal-Mart, McDonalds, and Exxon-mobil

Hain Foods= (this one hurts, it includes all of these products: Terra chips, Garden of Eatin', Health Valley, Westsoy, Earth's Best, Westbrae Natural, Imagine, and Yves Veggie cuisine) investors include Phillip Morris, Wal-Mart, Exxon-Mobil, and Montsano(a truly evil company that is all about GMO's)

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off hand, I can also think of Tom's of Maine's sale to colgate-palmolive and Sprectrum Organic oil's sale to ???

cheers, simon
kaylawayla Posted at 2006/05/05 10:46am reply to

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>man, I am getting to the point of not buying any pre-prepared foods any more.

Yes!  That is good to hear.  While we get cereals and pastas, 90% of our grocery cart consists of whole foods and I think vegan diets should really consist mostly of this, but that is just my opinion!  happy
kaylawayla Posted at 2006/05/05 10:47am reply to

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>>man, I am getting to the point of not buying any pre-prepared foods any more.

Yes!  That is good to hear.  While we get cereals and pastas, 90% of our grocery cart consists of whole foods and I think vegan diets should really consist mostly of this, but that is just my opinion!  I'd much rather skip the worry of reading ingredient labels forever and get fresh fruits, veggies, and grains!  happy
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