Courtesy of blogreader Orlande (well, now that we are Facebook pals I know her real name, and I never know what to do about things like that—I guess I will respect the anonymity of the screen name, and am thankful hers isn’t something like “Awesumveganearthgoddess”), spend a few fascinating minutes poring over these amazing graphs. They are charts exploring the structure of the organic food industry—who owns who and what giant multi-nationals have organic lines, and much more. I haven’t been to a supermarket for a while, but I was totally blown away by all the mainstream brands with organic lines. Keebler Organic? Hershey Organic????
Have I ever discussed my rage about the super scammy quote unquote “organic” beers made by Anheuser Busch and marketed as independent microbrews? Wild Hop and Stone Mill—yep, they are listed.
Philip H. Howard, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies at
Michigan State University—you are a gem for putting this all together so stylishly. Look at how cool this dude is:
I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Community, Food and Agriculture, as well as a graduate course in Research Methods.
My research focuses on the ‘food system.’ The food system involves all of the steps required to produce food and get it to our plates–from farming and processing to distribution and consumption. My work is unified by three main questions:
What changes are occurring?
What are the impacts of these changes on communities?
What can communities do to respond positively to these changes?
I currently have three main projects:
characterizing consolidation in the food system, particularly in the rapidly growing organic sector
exploring inequalities in ‘food environments’ and their potential relationships with health outcomes
studying consumer interest in ‘ecolabels’ as a potential strategy for improving the livelihoods of small- and medium-scale farmers.
Aww, dude, I’m just plain glad you exist. Orlande, you too!