Corporate Control of Food

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The world’s food supply – from seed to supermarket – is increasingly controlled by a small number of transnational corporations that dominate every link in the agro-industrial food chain. Fewer and fewer corporations have greater influence over the control of seeds, livestock genetics, farm inputs such as fertilizer and pesticides, food processing and grocery retail. This trend threatens food security for the world’s poor and marginalizes small-scale peasant producers, who currently provide food for the majority of the world’s population.

Fortunately, there is vast and growing resistance to the social and environmental devastation caused by the agro-industrial food system. Peasant farmers, civil society and social movements are creating alternative food and health systems built on resilience, sustainability and sovereignty. This section sheds light on corporate control of the agro-industrial food chain.

Links and Resources

  • The Development Fund. (2011). Part 1. In A. Nærstad (Ed.), A viable food future. Retrieved from
  • ETC Group. (2011). Who will control the green economy? Retrieved from
  • ETC Group. (2013, September). Putting the Cartel before the Horse…and Farm, Seeds, Soil, Peasants, etc. Who Will Control Agricultural Inputs, 2013? Communiqué no. 111. Retrieved from

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