Invisible Giant

Invisible Giant : Cargill and Its Transnational Strategies

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Transnational corporations (TNCs) straddle the globe, largely unseen by the public. They move capital around the world instanteously to meet their own needs and to profit in the process; they know no national boundaries and represent no national interests. Cargill, with its headquarters in the US, is the epitome of a transnational corporation. The largest private corporation in North America, and possibly in the world, Cargill trades in all agricultural commodities and produces and processes a great many of them: grains, flour and malt, corn, cotton and salt, vegetable oils and fruit juices, animal feeds, meat and vegetables. Among its most profitable activities is its trade in the global financial markets. Founded in 1865, Cargill is both wealthy and influential, and there are few national economies unaffected by its activities. Yet Cargill remains largely invisible to most people and accountable to no one. What most people know of Cargill is only what Cargill chooses to reveal to them. Using Cargill as the focus for his study, Kneen illustrates the philosophy and practice of TNCs: what they are and what they do.
He describes and analyzes Cargill's global activities, its ability to shape national policies world-wide, its strategies, and the implications of these strategies for all of us.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 498.95g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Ill.
  • 0745309631
  • 9780745309637

Table of contents

The corporation - visible and invisible; mechanisms of accumulation (1) - the visible, oil seeds and corns; mechanism of accumulation (2) - the invisible, financial markets; a brief history of globalisation according to Cargill - 1965 to 1993, trading the formation of capital Cargill to 1945, centralisation and the planned economy - 1945-1990; transportation and storage; policy; oil seeds feeds and meat beef poultry - North America, South America, Europe; subsidies and charities; animal feeds - North America, Europe and Pacific Rim; fruits and juices - the global orange; the Pacific Rim region and Taiwan; the Pacific Rim, Japan and Hong Kong; peanuts and cotton; fertilisers; seeds - India; salt - US, India; whose commons, whose future; counter strategy.
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