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10 Corporations Control Almost Everything You Purchase

10 Corporations Control Almost Everything You Purchase

When I first saw the chart below, via Reddit, called “The Illusion of Choice, I was relieved that there is actually nothing here I consume. But, when I dug deeper, I realized that I do purchase bandaids, Q-tips and tylenol.

I was also pleased that there is nothing listed on the chart that I feed my dogs. I’ve been aware for awhile that Nestle owns Purina, a brand I don’t purchase. However, I was recently shocked to learn that a very popular dog training treat (commonly used during agility training) advertised as “Healthy and Natural” contains glycerin (a humectant preservative). (Not surprisingly, the company who owned the treat recently sold to Nestle-Purina). According to pet food nutritionist Anthony Bennie, “glycerin is one of the focal points of investigations into the alleged Chinese Jerky illnesses. The wise choice may be to avoid it and propylene glycol since neither one is a  food ingredient found in nature.”

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Related: Are We Killing Our Pets With Treats

Avoid purchasing from these corporations by eating healthy. Read the ingredients carefully in your food and your pet’s food. Most of the companies in this chart are selling food products that the Food Babe wouldn’t even call “food”. They have little nutritional value and are loaded with GMOs.

Related: GMO Debate, in a Nutshell

Do you purchase products from these companies? If not, thanks for sharing some tips on how to avoid buying from the 10 companies that control almost all of our purchases.

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Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.

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10:27AM PDT on Mar 18, 2014

Thanks for posting

8:38AM PDT on Mar 10, 2014

pay attention where you spend your money!!! i've said it a billion times

4:26PM PDT on Mar 9, 2014

free enterprise does not have a chance with those greedy Fers

4:57PM PST on Mar 8, 2014

thank you

4:41AM PST on Mar 8, 2014

horrible

10:02AM PST on Mar 7, 2014

How about meat packing companies?

These 4 companies control over 80 percent of the market. Yes, 4. Sigh.

Tyson Foods, (Springdale AR)
Cargill Meats (Wichita KS)
JBS USA (Greeley CO)
National Beef Packing Co. (Kansas City KS)

So glad I buy local. I refuse to give one cent to these companies who fill their meats full of toxins.

http://www.hcn.org/issues/43.5/cattlemen-struggle-against-giant-meatpackers-and-economic-squeezes/the-big-four-meatpackers-1

9:12PM PST on Mar 6, 2014

Lisa, this is a fantastic article and WOW! the chart is amazing. We need to see things like this to make us realize how controlled we really are. Great job! PS: how can I print the chart out so I can put it on my fridge as a reminder of who makes what? Even my husband wants a copy for his office!

9:03PM PST on Mar 4, 2014

So what was the dog training treat? I knew the choices were slim but this is worse than I thought.

11:51AM PST on Mar 2, 2014

YeP! Great post, thank you

10:34AM PST on Mar 2, 2014

That is one hellofa chart. I think that there are one or two items in my cupboard which are either P&G or Mars. These are products which have been lingering for a very long time and which I either don't consume anymore or wont use anymore. I am glad to be slowly phasing these things out of my life. I do not want or need them.

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