Agriculture and Human Values

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 199–208 | Cite as

Stalking the wily multinational: Power and control in the US food system

  • Thomas A. Lyson
  • Annalisa Lewis Raymer


The ten largest food and beveragecorporations control over half of the food sales inthe United States and their share may be increasing.Using data from a range of secondary sources, weexamine these corporations and their boards ofdirectors. Social and demographic characteristics ofboard members gleaned from corporate reports, thebusiness press, and elsewhere are presented.Information on interlocking corporate directorates andother common ties among members of the boards ofdirectors show that US based food and beveragecorporations are tied together through a web ofindirect interlocks.

Global food system Interlocking directorates Multinational food corporations 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas A. Lyson
    • 1
  • Annalisa Lewis Raymer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Rural SociologyCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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