Hobby Farms Editors
February 18, 2009

A chart showing the latest ties between organic brands and the top corporate food processors is now available. The current charts show that number of ties continue to increase.

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Corporate Ties
 to Organic Brands


Corporate Ties to Organic Brands

Courtesy Dr. Phil Howard and The Cornucopia Institute

Two other charts that reveal connections within the business of organics are also available:

Major Independent Organic Companies

Major Independent Organic Companies

Courtesy Dr. Phil Howard and The Cornucopia Institute

Private Label Organic Brands (such as supermarket chains)

Private Label Organic Brands

Courtesy Dr. Phil Howard and The Cornucopia Institute

Dr. Phil Howard, researcher and assistant professor at Michigan State University, creates and updates the charts showing ties between corporations and organic food. The Cornucopia Institute regularly promotes the findings as part of its “Who Owns Organics” project. Howard teaches in the University’s Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies program.

According to Howard’s university website, his research focuses on investigating the relationships between food, agriculture and public health, as well as assisting communities to characterize and respond to changes in the food system. 

Howard currently is exploring “food environments” and their potential relationships with health outcomes. He is also studying national consumer interest in “ecolabels” as a potential strategy for improving the livelihoods of small- and medium-scale farms, and consolidation in the food system, particularly in the rapidly growing organic sector.


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