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Merchants of Grain: The Power and Profits of the Five Giant Companies at the Center of the World's Food Supply (Anglais) Broché – 20 octobre 2000

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The first and only book to describe the seven secretive families and five far-flung companies that control the world's food supplies. Little has changed their central role since Morgan's best-selling book first appeared in 1979.

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Dan Morgan has been a reporter, editor and foreign correspondent for the Washington Post for more than 30 years. In addition to Merchants of Grain, he has written Rising in the West, the story of an "Okie" family and the making of the modern Sun Belt.

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A Must Know for Everybody 7 avril 2000
Par Chris Berg - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
An excellent work detailing how only a handful of families have controlled the worlds grain trade for centuries. A great piece for families that till the soil, but one that is even more important to the people who live in the city; and have no idea of the power and control that these families wield. Reading this book will show you how these families control the cheap food policies as well as the commodities markets and other products world wide.
24 internautes sur 25 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Eating is a fundamental reality to citizens and politicians 23 décembre 2002
Par Eugene A Jewett - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I first read this book 20 years ago and was awed by the importance of the distribution of grain to the world, and particularly to one-party dictators. Anyone who understands political power knows that a small number of soldiers can control a much larger populace of people i.e. the German SS figured one storm trooper for roughly every 1000 plus people. However, when those people are all hungry at the same time it becomes another matter entirely, as in more difficult.
This book shows how a few big companies control the distribution of grain throughout the world. In so doing they are not prone to accept "aging receivables" from dictators, tin-pot or otherwise. Every political leader must understand the importance of grain or face a coup. Of course, one can find those who have lasted longer than others, but only at the cost of so weakening their state that it ultimately crumbles from internal implosion.
Read this book to understand history and more importantly the origen of our food supply and how it reaches our table.
37 internautes sur 42 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
The Grain Industry has it's own OPEC 11 janvier 2000
Par Captain John R. Sutton - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I am a captain on Mississippi River towboats. I have pushed millions of tons of grain down the Mississippi River for years. But I never really understood the gobal impact of the world's grain company's until I read this book.
Now I understand the real power behind families such as Cargil and ADM's Andreas.
25 internautes sur 31 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Excellent Material - Important to us all. 13 novembre 1999
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
We can begin to understand the importance or lack thereof for our country's cheap food policy. Point being, Cargil is buying out Continental Grain. The total purchase price is $300 million. Oprah Winfrey and Michael Jordan make that much money in 2 years. An enclosed football stadium costs more than that. There is one of them in every major city in America. Something is wrong with that picture. The importance placed on other things, and the lack of understanding as to the realities of life are almost mind boggling. Merchants of Grain is a book that cuts to the inner most core of real power and control. We all eat. We need to put self behind us, and focus on basics, i.e. why are we so blest as a country? We need to be gracious. Thank you Farmers, Ranchers, and others in the real food chain.
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Outdated, but still pertinent 25 juillet 2012
Par Scott C. Locklin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
The 70s were a sort of peak of investigative journalism in America. This is a product of that time. Unfortunately for the modern reader, many of the facts and characters happened 30-odd years ago. I think it was partially inspired by the Soviet grain shipments which caused all that political ruckus in the 70s. The Soviet Union doesn't even exist any more. Some of the commodity trading companies described in this book have since gone public with IPOs (Bunge, for example). None the less, the history of some of the secretive grain and commodity families is still pertinent. Andre, Continental, Cargill and Louis Dreyfus are still privately held corporations who control much of world agribusiness. The way multinational corporations interact with politicians is still pertinent. The commodity exchanges still work much the same way.
Want to understand the weird way the world works? This isn't a bad place to start. For folks interested in commodity trading, this is a must-read to understand who some of the counterparties are in speculative trades, and how the mechanics of the grain trade works. For folks interested in politics; this is a must read for understanding, well, politics.
It's an eerie feeling googling up information on some of the companies and families mentioned here, and drawing only a few sparse wikipedia entries and conspiracy theories.
It's a shame that there isn't more out there like this, perhaps detailing what other privately held companies are up to. Alas, we will have to wait for a new golden age of investigative journalism for this to happen, if it ever happens.
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