Who controls what we eat? A conversation with Phillip H. Howard

Date: September 15, 2016
Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.


Curious about the pedigree of your favorite food brands? Wondering what you can do about the hidden impacts of your shopping list? Meet Philip H. Howard as he talks about his new book, Concentration and Power in the Food System: Who Controls What We Eat?

At almost every key stage of the food system, four firms alone control 40% or more of the market, with implications for negative impacts on the environment, human health, and communities. Phil’s book reveals the dominant corporations, and the extent of their control over markets. It also analyzes their strategies to reshape society in order to further increase their power, particularly in terms of their bearing upon the more vulnerable sections of society. Opposed by numerous efforts, from microbreweries to seed saving networks, Phil’s book explores how opposition has encouraged the most powerful firms to make small but positive changes.

Philip Howard is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Sustainability, an affiliate of the Center for Regional Food Systems, and member of International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems. 

This event is hosted by the Center for Regional Food Systems and the Department of Community Sustainability