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Monopolizing foods is an old game

When we look at the present-day machinations of big dairy and big food and their efforts at stamping out the upstart competition such as raw milk and heritage breeds of meat animals through their proxies in government, one is tempted to suppose that such behavior is new on the world scene. The story below, however, seems to indicate that these strategies have been around at least since the dawn of multinationals.

From Simon Worrall, reporting from Indonesia, on BBC News Magazine:

“The Dutch East India Company (Dutch: Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, VOC, “United East India Company”) was a chartered company established in 1602, when the States -General of the Netherlands granted it a 21-year monopoly to carry out colonial activities in Asia. It was the second multinational corporation in the world (the British East India Company was founded two years earlier) and the first company to issue stock. It was also arguably the first mega corporation, possessing quasi-governmental powers, including the ability to wage war, imprison and execute convicts, negotiate treaties, coin money, and establish colonies.” Click image to go to source.

“The Netherlands United East India Company, or Voc, was the world’s first multinational corporation.

And just as corporations today seek to monopolise plant genes in the developing world, the Voc set about seizing total control of spice production. Continue reading

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Denmark introduces the world’s first “fat tax” on foods with saturated fats

Lots of us know that fats are not all bad. In fact the right kind of fats are absolutely essential for health. Thus this Danish idea of taxing fat as if it was all bad for you is clearly wrongheaded on at least two counts, the second being the presumption that the nanny state knows better — they don’t — and is therefore somehow justified in telling people what to eat.

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From BBC News Europe:

“Denmark has introduced what is believed to be the world’s first fat tax – a surcharge on foods that are high in saturated fat.

Butter, milk, cheese, pizza, meat, oil and processed food are now subject to the tax if they contain more than 2.3% saturated fat.

Some consumers began hoarding to beat the price rise, while some producers call the tax a bureaucratic nightmare. Continue reading

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Raw milk program to air on BBC radio

From Kimberly Hartke’s blog:

by Phil Ridley, Volunteer Weston A. Price Chapter Leader, London, England

I’m excited to say that BBC’s The Food Program is covering the issue of raw milk. I’ve had the privilege of being contacted by the producer, who has been speaking to various people about raw milk, to prepare for this program, and she has received a copy of “The Untold Story of Milk” by Ron Schmid. Continue reading

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