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Visualizing food monopolies

Visualizing the relationships between a handful of major food conglomerates and their underlying brands has been done very neatly by Oxfam International in this graphic. The graphic details how only a few corporations control most of the available brands in groceries, and focuses on 10 of the world’s most powerful food and beverage companies: Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Unilever, Danone, Mars, Mondelez International, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nestle, and Associated British Foods. Oxfam calls these companies the Big 10 and details their environmental impact on a website devoted to the nonprofit’s “Behind the Brands” campaign.

Oxfam reports that the Big 10 emitted 263.7 million tons of greenhouse gas in 2013. If the companies were a nation, they would be the 25th biggest polluter in the world.