I have seen some trends developing over the past few years and am throwing out my predictions for the state of food in 2013. This mainly applies to the United States because the rest of the developed world and much of the undeveloped world is far more advanced when it comes to food and food production than the US. Unfortunately, the United States is pushing hard to damage the rest of the world’s agricultural production processes for the benefit of the huge agri-business companies who are determined to control agriculture worldwide.
OK, here goes:
1. consumers will continue to learn more about how their food is produced and their demands for change will increase.
2. the unholy alliance between agribusiness, USDA, and the FDA will continue to grow as it fights to discredit legitimate consumer concerns about dangerous, unhealthy, and
environmentally damaging agricultural and food production practices.
3. Conventional food quality will continue to drop.
4. Agribusiness, their USDA/FDA allies, and their bought and paid for Congress, will push new and untested genetically modified plants and animals and step up their campaigns to deny consumers the right to know what is in their food. GMO sweet corn and salmon is on the way this year, folks.
5. Local, organic, and sustainable food production and purchasing will increase in response to all the negatives surrounding conventional production and anger at being denied their right to know what is in their food and how it is produced.
6. Agribusiness will continue full-tilt boogie to try to monopolize world-wide seed production and discourage farmers from saving seed and being self-sufficient