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10 Companies That Are Part of Your Life (Know It Or Not)

10 Companies That Are Part of Your Life (Know It Or Not)

 

Kraft, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Mars, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, Proctor & Gamble, Nestlé. In some way or other, it is highly likely that you eat or drink something from one of these ten companies everyday, whether you know it or not.

This graphic from a website, Convergence Alimentaire (by Joki D. Gauthier in Quebec), shows how it is actually quite impossible for most of us not to consume, use, or otherwise rely on something from those ten companies. (Indeed, the companies own more brands than are indicated on the graphic; Gauthier notes that Nestlé owns more than 8,000 brands.)

As Mark Bittman says in the New York Times, the chart is “unbelievable (and very scary),” a statement of what life in the early 21st century means for many of us:

1. Maybe you don’t eat Oreos or Jello (staples of my childhood); Kraft also makes juice (Capri-Sun) and coffee (Maxwell House).

2. The decline in sales of soft drinks probably isn’t making Coca-Cola very happy but the company has plenty of other potable products you drink, from vitamin water to Dasani.

3. Likewise PepsiCo, which provides us with not only Pepsi but more bottled water through its Aquafina brand, as well as oatmeal (Quaker, that is).

4. General Mills makes cereal (Cheerios) and fills cans and frozen packages with vegetables (Green Giant).

5. Kellogg’s simply seeks to fill your cereal bowl with sweet (Fruit Loops) and less sweet (All-Bran) products.

6. Mars has edibles both for humans (candy, of various sorts) and for pets (Whiskas).

7. If you use Dove soap, any Vaseline products or Q-tips, you’re contributing to Unilever’s profits.

8. Johnson & Johnson doesn’t only make numerous over-the-counter medications; it also brings us Bandaids.

9. Proctor & Gamble is hard for anyone in the US to avoid, purveyors as the company is of soap (Ivory), laundry detergent (Tide), toothpaste (Crest) and batteries (Duracell).

10. Nestlé is equally hard to avoid, bringing you water (Poland Spring, Perrier), pet food (Purina, Friskies) and baby food (Gerber), as well as perfume under various labels.

But knowledge can be power: Knowing that ten companies’ products play such a role in our lives, how can we extricate ourselves from at least one?

 

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8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Many of these companies are prevalent in Canada. For the most part I try to go to organic sources and avoid foods filled with high sugars/toxic ingredients such as growth hormones/junk foods, GMO products. Prefer to make my food from scratch and love the balcony garden for herbs, veggies, catnip, foraging for wild weeds such as dandelions.

There is such concentration in ownership, conglomerates in the world today often make things difficult for small business. Concentration of media ownership abounds and no matter where many of us go there is often The Big One out there with a lot more power than average people unless one lobbies as "People Power". We can be vigilant and proactive about rights/environment and many other concerns. Alone we don't stand a chance, together we can often get a voice especially when consumers act by boycotting things that are detrimental to society and getting politically involved.

2:28PM PDT on Jun 2, 2012

crazy!! I try not to buy from any of those brands though.

12:34PM PDT on May 28, 2012

Most of these companies test their products on animals... Unforgivable and incredibly cruel! Especially Unilever and Proctor & Gamble...
And it is sad that we can hardly not use their products, because they're everywhere!

1:14PM PDT on May 22, 2012

Stay informed and read labels.

12:03PM PDT on May 22, 2012

Eye opening.

11:28AM PDT on May 22, 2012

It took me a while and I still have to remind myself to do it but I read labels. I stay away from all these companies because they are conglomerates and use too many additives and are far from healthy. For me it's organic and natural and never, ever corn syrup.

11:28AM PDT on May 22, 2012

It took me a while and I still have to remind myself to do it but I read labels. I stay away from all these companies because they are conglomerates and use too many additives and are far from healthy. For me it's organic and natural and never, ever corn syrup.

10:25AM PDT on May 22, 2012

thnx for the info

9:47AM PDT on May 22, 2012

I don't use any of the products mentioned. I learned recently that Kellog's bought Kashi, which was the occasional purchase I made of a boxed dry cereal. I care to whom I give my money, and I don't choose to give it to Kellog's and it's no sacrifice to drop that occasional box of cereal from my shopping list.

As an aside, why in the world does anyone buy bottled water...in plastic bottles...or fall for all this nonsense about flavored, sweetened, vitamin-enriched water. Get some common sense, people.

9:22AM PDT on May 22, 2012

Interesting

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