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食品大亨的崛起

柏林—长期以来,工业农业(industrial-agriculture sector)一直被人诟病加剧了气候变化、环境破坏和农村贫困。但给行业几乎没有采取任何措施改善质量和可持续性,或促进社会公平。

这不足为奇,全世界有超过5.7亿农民和七十亿消费者,但从田间到店头,全球工业农业的价值链控制在一小撮公司手中。这些公司利润丰厚,炙手可热,改变现状可不符合它们的利益。

此外,拜粮食、饲料和能源生产的农业原材料需求增长所赐,农业的市场集中度也在升高。随着南方国家中产阶级的崛起,他们的消费和营养习惯也发生了改变,从而刺激了对加工食品的需求,也掀起了一场跨国农业、化工和食品公司争夺市场大权的战争。

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