Invisible Giant: Cargill and its Transnational Strategies

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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, ...

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Overview

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, 'Invisible Giant' offers shocking new evidence of Cargill's activities since the book was first published in 1995. Kneen examines how it has succeeded in eliminating competition by undertaking joint ventures with virtually all of its supposed competitors. He shows how this massive corporation continues to acquire and divest, extending its grip even further in what amounts to almost total control of the global food system.

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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.
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745319582
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 9/20/2002
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 770,388
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Mutant Giants 1
2 Cargill Inc. - The Numbers 16
3 Origins, Organization and Ownership 20
4 Policy Advocacy and Capitalist Subsidies 30
5 Creatures: Feeding and Processing 41
6 Cotton, Peanuts and Malting 59
7 Processing: Oilseeds, Soybeans, Corn and Wheat 65
8 Invisible Commodities 80
9 E-commerce 90
10 Coming and Going: Transport and Storage 94
11 Typical Stories - Canada and Mexico 104
12 Fertilizer 110
13 The West Coast 116
14 Rivers of Soy - South America 121
15 Juice 134
16 The 'Far East' 142
17 Seeds 170
18 Salt 181
19 Only Cargill's Future? 194
Notes 201
References 206
Index 208
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