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Who Owns What in the Organic food industry

Phil Howard, author of these charts, is assistant professor at Michigan State University's Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies.

Corporate Acquisitions

Chart showing the structure of the organic industry in North America and beyond

Most acquisitions of organic processors occurred between December 1997, when the draft USDA standard was released,
and its implementation in October 2002. Few companies identify these ownership ties on product labels.

COMMENTS? Click here to read chart author Phil Howard's comments and discussion in our forum - and make your own comment.

See how ownership of organic companies has transitioned from 1995 to 2007, in an animated sequence [9MB], produced by Phil Howard in collaboration with Skye Bender-deMoll,.an author of SoNIA (Social Network Image Animator).

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