Invisible Giant: Cargill and its Transnational Strategies

Invisible Giant: Cargill and its Transnational Strategies

by Brewster Kneen
     
 

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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.

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Boycott Quarterly
People who are concerned about the influence of corporations on civic institutions, on economic security, on the well-being of the environment, and who are interested in working to change that influence could hardly find a better primer on corporate thinking and conduct than this book.
Forbes Magazine
Cargill's secret is hiring good people and giving them a real challenge, so they'll rise to it, says Brewster Kneen, author of the recently published second edition of "Invisible Giant". One trader in his mid-20s was handed $30 million and told to build a bond portfolio from scratch. He did.
Catholic New Times
Brewster Kneen's strong analysis of Cargill should be required reading for anyone interested in how we get our food.
Republican News
An excellent book which draws readers into an Orwellian 1984 environment and leaves shivers. Don't read it alone.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745319582
Publisher:
Pluto Press
Publication date:
09/20/2002
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.32(w) x 8.47(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Brewster Kneen is Canada's foremost analyst and critic of agribusiness. He has written several books on different aspects of food and its production and also publishes a monthly newsletter, The Ram's Horn.

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