How do farmers’ markets and concentrated food industries that depend on long food chains stack up when it comes to food-borne illness? Truth is, nobody really knows.
Phil Howard, of Michigan State University, casually let slip in our conversation about concentration in the food industry that a brewery in Australia had been fined for faux craft beer. I had to investigate. Its quite an interesting story.
The number of firms that own the food brands you see is much smaller than you think. That’s not good for consumers or suppliers.
The Imperial Food Products fire wasn’t really an accident; circumstances conspired to make it extremely likely If it hadn’t happened in Hamlet, it would have happened somewhere else.