The Ghost at the Feast

The Ghost at the Feast : How the Biggest Company You've Never Heard of Came to Dominate the World's Food Chain

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In most countries around the world the food on the table is likely to contain something produced, processed or traded by a certain American company few people have heard of. With its headquarters shrouded in private woodland in a suburb of Minneapolis in the American Mid-West, Cargill is the world's largest private company - and one of the most secretive. Founded 150 years ago as a grain trader, the descendants of its two Scottish families still control most of the stock. Ten members are on the 2015 Forbes list of billionaires. Operating in over sixty countries, Cargill exercises an extraordinary influence on the global food chain.The company champions free trade and claims that its aim is to 'nourish the world'. But there is a dark, hidden world behind these slogans. Reports have appeared of the use of child slave labour in Africa and Central Asia; deforestation in Brazil, Indonesia and Malaysia; and profiting from speculation while millions starve. For The Ghost at the Feast, journalist David Pallister has spent five years peeling away the layers of secrecy to reveal the truth behind this monolithic more

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 129 x 198mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0745336205
  • 9780745336206

Table of contents

Introduction 1. Two Families from Scotland 2. Claims and Counter-claims 3. Children at Work 4. Palm Oil 5. Soya 6. Where Do all the Chickens Come From? 7. The Power they Wield 8. Not Just Food 9. Things Can Go Wrong 10. Speculation, Asset Management and the Covert Colombian Land Grab 11. Postscriptshow more

About David Pallister

David Pallister is an award-winning investigative journalist. He worked for 35 years on The Guardian newspaper, covering stories at home and abroad. He was the lead writer of a book investigating the Oppenheimer gold and diamond empires, South Africa Inc. He co-authored The Liar, an account of the fall of the British minister Jonathan Aitken. He won two team British press awards for his work on the Aitken case and the Neil Hamilton "cash for questions" more