English 102 section 015
Politics. Most people think it only has to do with laws and government decisions. However, that is not the case in this post. It is even found in behind the scenes of the food you eat. Shocker right! You are probably thinking I already knew that but, I sure you didn’t know the scale in which it’s on. Now think of some major food companies like Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Kraft, Kellogg’s, Mars and Nestle. One sees these almost every day with knowing they are big companies. Even though they have many sub-products under their name they still are tied in with growing the food. Growing? Why would they be in the growing business. Well they have to get their raw materials from somewhere. Even those companies are involved in politics. Crazy I know, but this is the modern world of economics and political power.
Overall, the political field behind the food business is a powerful force. The major companies spend millions of dollars in lobbying in advertising. With this they are able to keep power over their competitors and the general public. The companies employ people to talk to congress for their companies. These people are called lobbyists. With the lobbyists making the companies more powerful the general public is left with little say into what goes in the food unless there is a big enough force behind it. In the 2015 there were 253 lobbyists client’s cases in the U.S alone. In 2016 this far there are 243 clients lobbying in congress with an average of about $5 million dollars per lobbyists. The USDA estimated that in 2012 that the milk industry produced around $45 million dollars in sales. This was with 25 cooperatives in the industry. Another part is the big companies owning the smaller farmers in which the made around $150 million dollars. With this power in their control the companies can run the food industry with few to competitors. People argue that the companies have too much power and money for the little guys to stop them. With the amount of money, they are making and the assets in which they own outnumber the smaller population in the industry it is hard to overturn the balance in political favor.
One of these companies is called Monsanto. They are an agrochemical company, which is worldwide. They produce genetically modified organism (GMO), pesticides, and other products. One of their products most people know or heard of is RoundUp. They spend millions of dollars each year to lobby in Congress to keep them out of trouble.
Now it’s not just a chemical company that does this. Most people know Tyson Foods Company. They sell mostly meat to consumers. They lobby to keep Congress of their back for they claim they treat the animals well before slaughter. People know of the feed lots and how bad they are to the animals but most don’t know the farmers are controlled by the company. Sources say that if they speak out against the company they could lose their contract.