big food

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You’ve heard of Big Tobacco, Big Pharma, and Big Oil, but what about Big Food? It’s not a term you hear every day, but it’s an essential concept to understand when it comes to feeding your family.

Big Food exists in all first-world countries. When you visit a supermarket, you see lots of brand names on boxes, cans, and packages. What you might not realize is that these brands often fall under huge companies’ umbrellas.

For instance, did you know that Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm, and Ball Park Franks are all owned by Tyson Foods, Inc.? Tyson proves second only to PepsiCo in food distribution and sales.

But what is Big Food? And why should you care about the Big Food complex? Let’s explore the topic in more depth and come up with ways to ensure you aren’t falling prey to deceptive advertising and pretty packaging.