Consolidation of the food industry is not exactly a breaking new trend, but it is an important one with significant (negative) implications for public health, the power of the individual consumer, and the safety of the nation's food supply. Sara wrote last year that four companies process 80 percent of beef in the U.S., for example, and Grist reported years before that Dean Foods "processes 35 percent of the fluid milk in the U.S. and Canada -- roughly equal to the combined market share of its three biggest rivals combined."
To present a fuller picture of the entire food industry, Frugal Dad put this infographic together:
Source: Frugal dad
More on food safety and the U.S. food supply:
The USDA and DOJ May Finally Address Obvious Livestock Industry Monopolies
The Localization of Agriculture: A Predetermined Future
Pork Chops Won't Give You Swine Flu, But Here Are Other Reasons to Abstain
Salmonella, What it Actually is and How You Can Avoid Getting Sick