Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780745319582 Published November 2002 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780745319599 Published November 2002 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Invisible Giant: Cargill and Its Transnational Strategies

Brewster Kneen

Invisible Giant: Cargill and Its Transnational Strategies

Brewster Kneen

Distributed for Pluto Press

232 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457 | © 2002
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780745319582 Published November 2002 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780745319599 Published November 2002 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Transnational corporations straddle the globe, largely unseen by the public. Cargill, with its headquarters in the US, is the largest private corporation in North America, and possibly in the world. Cargill trades in food commodities and produces a great many of them: grains, flour, malt, corn, cotton, salt, vegetable oils, fruit juices, animal feeds, and meat. Among its most profitable activities is its trade in the global financial markets. There are few national economies unaffected by Cargill's activities, and few eaters in the north whose food does not pass through Cargill's hands at some point. Yet Cargill remains largely invisible to most people and accountable to no one outside the company.

This is the second edition of an explosive book that breaks the silence on the true extent of Cargill's power and influence worldwide -- its ability to shape national policies, and the implications of these strategies for all of us. Thoroughly revised and updated, Kneen's new book offers shocking new evidence of Cargill's activities since the book was first published in 1995. He examines how it has succeeded in eliminating competition by undertaking joint ventures with virtually all of its suppossed competitors. He shows how this massive corporation continues to aquire and divest, extending its grip even further in what amounts to almost total control of the global food system.

Contents

Preface

1. Mutant Giants
2. Cargill Inc – The Numbers
3. Origins, Organization and Ownership
4. Policy Advocacy and Capitalist Subsidies
5. Creatures: Feeding and Processing
6. Cotton, Peanuts & Malting
7. Processing: Oilseeds, Soybeans, Corn & Wheat
8. Invisible Commodities
9. E-commerce
10. Coming and Going: Transport and Storage
11. A Typical Story– Canada, and Mexico
12. Fertilizer
13. The West Coast
14. Rivers of Soy - South America
15. Juice
16. The 'Far East'
17. Seeds
18. Salt
19. Only Cargill’s Future?

Periodicals referred to
Endnotes
Index

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