Are you buying what you think you are buying?


Things aren’t always what they seem.

You would think if you bought organic seeds or heirloom (making a wonderful comeback) seeds you wouldn’t be supporting Monsanto. Unfortunately, their influence has slowly and invisibly seeped in everywhere. They are able to buy and buy with their deep pockets basically anything including many organic or heirloom seed companies, it is thought about 40% so far. Just when you think you have it sussed.

Then there are those other purchases you might be making. Did you know that there is a proactive corporate program to buy up ethical and organic companies? For instance, Estée Lauder bought The Body Shop, they don’t have a good record where animal testing is concerned. Green and Blacks fair trade chocolate was bought in 2006 by Cadbury who was then acquired by Kraft Foods. Kraft Foods is one of the super huge food multinationals.

Rachel’s Organic, founded by Welsh farmers, is now a subsidiary of the French company Lactalis, a multi-national dairy products corporation, owned by the Besnier family in France. It is the largest dairy products group in the world. And is the second largest food products group in France, behind Danone. In 2013 coca-cola had a 90% stake in the company Innocence (started by three friends from Cambridge University. For this reason, its ethical rating got reduced by the Ethical Consumer Magazine. The confectionary giant Mars owns Seeds of Change.

What am I saying? I am not saying don’t buy Green and Black chocolate, it’s still better than the chocolate made by its parent company Cadbury (owned by Kraft). It’s up to you, we all are able to make choices. What I am saying is be aware that things aren’t always what they seem. You will ultimately be putting money into these giant multi-national companies pockets. I feel it would be better to buy products from ethical companies that are still independent, supporting them to grow and thrive.

A deliberate strategy?

Triodos Bank actually has a European fund to help small organic companies stay independent and resist being bought up. A temptation that would be hard to resist.


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