EP 04 The corporate food regime PT 1: Characteristics of the corporate food regime

By Haroon Akram-Lodhi

The contemporary world food system has been labelled by many observers as the “corporate food regime”. By unpacking the key characteristics of the corporate food regime it is possible to better understand why a food system that is so productive continues to produce widespread hunger. Most notably, transnational supermarkets and the ongoing spread of meatification results in a food system that is a reverse protein-calorie machine, in that fewer calories emerge from the food system than go into it.

By summarizing the critical components of the corporate food regime it is immediately possible to grasp some of the contradictions that it engenders.