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“Super Companies” Controlling World Food Production No Longer Competing: David Morrison Lecture

October 4, 2018

Dr. Jennifer Clapp discusses food justice during 11th annual David Morrison Lecture in International Development

Dr. David Morrison, Dr. Alena Heitlinger, Dr. Jennifer Clapp, and Dr. Paul Shaffer, associate professor and chair of International Development Studies.

As corporations in the food-production business continue to merge at a dizzying pace, there are fewer of them controlling the world’s food and the ones at the top are no longer competing.

Dr. Jennifer Clapp, Canada research chair in Global Food Security and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo, told the crowd, during the 11th annual David Morrison Lecture on October 3, that all of these top corporations share the same owners — asset-management companies, which reap billions in profit by investing in the production of items such as seeds, fertilizer and farm equipment.

Trent student Beth Bekele enjoyed Professor Clapp’s plainspoken approach during her talk on Power, Politics and Justice in the World Food Economy.

“I am taking a course in the World Food System right now and this was basically a condensed version of the class so it was really cool to hear such a simple, straightforward lecture on this topic,” said Ms. Bekele, a third-year undergraduate student in International Development and Environmental Science.

The David Morrison Lecture brings globally distinguished scholars, who are renowned for their impact on international development studies, to Trent University to address members of the Trent and Peterborough communities.