Outreach


Articles

  • Howard, Phil. 2014. “Who owns organic brands? Maybe not who you think.” Edible Wasatch, Issue 15 (Winter), 49-51.
  • Howard, Phil, Terra Bogart, Alix Grabowski, Rebecca Mino, Nick Molen & Steve Schultze. 2012. “Concentration in the U.S. wine industry.”
  • Howard, Phil. 2012. “Who’s eating who in organic food?” Common Ground, Issue 249 (April), 12-13.
  • Jaffee, Daniel and Phil Howard. 2012. “Visualizing Fair Trade coffee.” For a Better World, Issue 4 (Spring), 8-9.
  • Howard, Phil and Ginger Ogilvie. 2011. “Concentration in the U.S. beer industry.”
  • Howard, Phil. 2010. “4 ways to regain control of your food.” Yes! Magazine, October 11.
  • Howard, Phil, Chris Duvall and Kirk Goldsberry. 2010. “The illusion of diversity: visualizing ownership in the soft drink industry.”
  • Spaniolo, Lia and Phil Howard. 2010. "Emerging eco-labels: researching perspectives of co-op member-owners." Cooperative Grocer, May-June, 14-15.
  • Howard, Phil and Good Magazine. 2008. "Buying organic." GOOD Magazine, March/April, 80-81.
  • Howard, Phil. 2007. "Who owns organic? From roots to suits." PCC Sound Consumer, January. Puget Consumers Co-op.
  • Howard, Phil. 2005. "Making research relevant to communities: community-based research." The Cultivar23(1), 5-6. Newsletter of the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, University of California, Santa Cruz.
  • Howard, Phil. 2003. "Consolidation in food and agriculture: implications for farmers and consumers." CCOF Magazine, 20(4), 2-6, Winter 2003-2004. Santa Cruz, CA: California Certified Organic Farmers (Reprinted in Well Being Journal, 13(2), 13-21, March/April 2004; Natural Farmer, 2(68), 17-20, Spring 2006).
  • Howard, Phil. 2003. "The social context of genetic engineering." The Cultivar, 21(1), 5-7. Newsletter of the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, University of California, Santa Cruz.
  • Howard, Phil. 2001. “The beginning of the end for genetically engineered food?” Tidepool, November 29 (Republished in Common Dreams, November 29, 2001).
  • Howard, Phil. 2000. “Farm organizing: Missouri Rural Crisis Center.” Z Magazine, January, 19-20.

Media Coverage

Print media:

2014
  • Mitchell, Dan. “Walmarting organics: who wins?” Civil Eats. April 17.
  • Velasco, Schuyler. “Walmart wants to sell cheaper organic food. Is that good or bad?” Christian Science Monitor. April 10.
  • Pioli, Katherine. “David vs. Goliath.” Catalyst Magazine. March, p. 20.
  • Casey, Colleen. “Cooped: how contracted chicken markets affect farmers and consumers.” Wall Street Cheat Sheet. February 24.
  • Watson, Elaine. “Who owns organic? PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Nestle and General Mills.” Food Navigator USA. February 21.
  • Remington, Jess. “The truth about who owns organic companies, in one chart.” PolicyMic. February 20.
  • De Walsche, Alma. “Ontwerp Europese zedenwet bedreigt boeren en biodiversiteit.” MO* (Belgium). January 30.

2013
  • Trauth, Erin. “If big food owns most of the organic industry, who can you buy from?” One Green Planet. December 12.
  • Coleman, Pamela. “The corporate takeover of the seed industry” The Cultivator (Cornucopia Institute). Winter, pp. 2, 9.
  • Hubbard, Kristina. “Seed industry consolidation is still ‘out of hand.’” Seed Broadcast. September 17.
  • Kim, Derek. “New farmers market could solve fresh food shortage.” The State News. July 7.
  • Johnson, Laura. “Organic-speak.” City Pulse. June 26.
  • Byrne, Elena. “New look at organic industry ownership.” Organic Processing Institute. June.
  • Link, Terry. “Food system needs more transparency.” City Pulse. June 12.
  • Hoffman, Beth. “Who owns organic brands and why you should care.” Forbes. May 25.
  • McGovern, Dan. “Chart shows corporate roots thickening inside organic foods industry.” Sustainable Food News. May 23.
  • Johnson, Laura. “A tomato by any other name.” City Pulse. May 22.
  • Richardson, Jill. “How Monsanto went from selling aspirin to controlling our food supply.” Alternet. April 18.
  • Khan, Lina. “How Monsanto outfoxed the Obama administration.” Salon. March 15.
  • Arteta, Amaia. “Ellas lo controlan todo (They control everything).” Capital (Spain). March, pp. 48-52.
  • Link, Terry. “Wine and service learning.” City Pulse. February 20.
  • McIntyre, Dave. “Wine choices: are they an illusion?” The Washington Post. January 22.
  • Buchal, Janine. “Wine brand concentration challenges indie production.” WineTable. January 15.
  • Siegel, Jeff. “Big wine: 5 companies, 60 percent of sales, 200 brands.” The Wine Curmudgeon. January 11.
  • Veseth, Mike. “How much choice do wine drinkers really have?” The Wine Economist. January 8.
  • Frank, Mitch. “How big business is the wine business?” Wine Spectator. January 8.
  • Colman, Tyler. “Just how concentrated is the wine industry?” Dr. Vino. January 3.
  • Wile, Rob. “A stunning visualization of America’s wine industry.” Business Insider. January 2.
  • Yau, Nathan. “Wine industry network in the US.” FlowingData. January 2.

2012

  • Lynn, Barry C. “Big beer, a moral market, and innovation.” Harvard Business Review. December 26.
  • Gustin, Georgina. “In the food business, survival of the largest.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch. December 2.
  • Wolf, Elizabeth. “Who owns organic?” The Cultivator (Cornucopia Institute). Fall, p. 3.
  • Blumberg, Perri O. “Thirteen things you didn’t know about organic food.” Reader’s Digest. November 7.
  • Evans, Pat. “The green mitten: profiling ingredients and people.” mittenbrew. October 12.
  • Evans, Pat. “The green mitten: profiling Michigan’s eco-friendly breweries. mittenbrew. October 9.
  • CNBC. “Global food-giant buyouts of top organic brands.” October 8.
  • McGrath, Matt. “California battle over GM labels.” BBC News. October 4.
  • Denn, Rebekah. “Nut recall spreads to more Washington stores.” The Seattle Times. September 28.
  • Smith, Joel Preston and Eli Penberthy. “Craft brewing Renaissance.” PCC Sound Consumer. September.
  • Dyer, Joel. “Monsanto’s point of no return.” Boulder Weekly. August 30.
  • Stauffer, Stefanie. “Adventures in local food #21.” iSpy Magazine. August 27.
  • Bordessa, Kris. “GMOs: Better safe than sorry?” GeekMom (Wired). August 27.
  • Philpott, Tom. “How the NY Times went too far in slamming big organic.” Mother Jones. July 11.
  • Greenaway, Twilight. “The latest New York Times exposé won’t stop me from eating organic.” Grist. July 10.
  • Strom, Stephanie. “Has ‘organic’ been oversized?" The New York Times. July 8, p. BU1.
  • Torok, Joe. “Farmers markets: freshening up the city.” City Pulse. June 20.
  • American Nutrition Association. “Who Owns Organic?” Nutrition Digest, 36(3), June 12.
  • Simmons, Fran. “Is buying organic really enough to protect your family?” Rosebud. April.
  • Mather, Robin. “The threats from genetically modified foods.” Mother Earth News. April/May.
  • ErnstFriedman, Kelly. “Doing the research: buy local campaign resonates with progressive consumers.” Anthropology News. March.
  • Jiminez, Sierra. “How to make it in the soda industry.” Fortune. February 17.

2011

2010
  • Crowell, Erbin. “Domestic fair trade: co-ops and innovation in the food system.” Cooperative Grocer, November-December.
  • Schick, Anthony. “Sown into place.” Biotech University. November 9.
  • Goldsberry, Kirk & Sarah Acmoody. “Mapping nutritional terrain: identifying food deserts in Lansing, Michigan.” ArcUser. Fall, pp. 48-49.
  • Philpott, Tom. “Monsanto’s losing bet on GM sugar beets has bitter repercussions.” Grist. October 20.
  • Levitt, Tom. “Revealed: how seed market is controlled by Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, Dow & DuPont.” The Ecologist. October 7.
  • Shea, Christopher. “‘Recent highlights from the Ideas blog: who really makes your organic soda.” The Boston Globe. September 5.
  • Kopp, Dana. “Six degrees of 7 Up: the illusion of diversity in US soft drinks.” Nashville Scene. September 1.
  • Clendaniel, Morgan. “Soda conglomerates, visualized.” GOOD, Blog. August 27.
  • Appel, Patrick. “Psuedovariety.” The Atlantic, The Daily Dish. August 23.
  • Yau, Nathan. “Pseudo-variety and ownership of the soft drink industry.” FlowingData. August 23.
  • Hughlett, Mike. “Sno Pac stays true to its roots.” Star Tribune. July 26.
  • Erem, Suzan. “PSU organics research on the upswing.” Voices of Central Pennsylvania. July/August, pp. 20, 22.
  • GRAIN. “Global agribusiness: two decades of plunder. Seedling. July, 14-20.
  • Woodka, Chris. "An industry gone to seed: smaller firms find their niches among biotech food giants." Pueblo Chieftain. April 18.
  • Seed Today. "Seed industry consolidation: acquisitions give a few companies the 'benefits of big.'" 14(1), pp. 74-75.
  • Parker, Rosemary. "FDA joins investigation of illness possibly linked to unpasteurized milk distributed by Vandalia, MI farm." Kalamazoo Gazette. March 26.
  • Thomas, Pat. “How to decode food labels and shop with a conscience.” The Ecologist. March 16.
  • Price, Andrew. "The seed industry's scary consolidation." GOOD, Blog. January 26.
  • Schweigert, Mary Beth. "Organic...or not." Lancaster Newspapers. January 3.

2009
  • Richardson, Jill. "Sick of corporate control over your food?" Common Dreams. December 28.
  • Donohue, Caitlin. "Out of reach: How the sustainable local food movement neglects poor workers and eaters." San Francisco Bay Guardian. December 2.
  • Barrington, Vanessa. "Who's really behind organic food brands like Amy's and Odwalla." Alternet. November 2.
  • Smart, Rob. "From fast food nation to pro food ventures." Common Dreams. September 18.
  • Price, Margaret. "Organic's crunch: Once high-flying firms face three big threats to growth." Christian Science Monitor. September 15.
  • Mills, Steve. "Organic foods: Big companies swoop in to capitalize on lucrative market." Chicago Tribune. August 19. [graphic, "Going green: Organic foods and big business]
  • Bittman, Mark. "Who owns seeds?" The New York Times, Bitten Blog. June 26.
  • Nestle, Marion. "'Certified organic' may not be 100%" San Francisco Chronicle. June 21.
  • Mitchell, Dan. "Graphic depictions of the seed industry." The Big Money. June 18.
  • Coefield, Sarah. "Greener Pastures." EJ Magazine. Spring.
  • Bittman, Mark. "Eating food that's better for you, organic or not." The New York Times. March 22, p. WK3.
  • Kingston, Tim. "Great tech innovation: Find food health and safety info from your phone." Alternet. March 19.
  • Sharp, Gwen. "Who owns organic brands." Contexts.org, Sociological Images. March 18.
  • Bendrick, Lou. “Ten reader food quandaries solved!” Grist. February 13.
  • Stephenson, Garry and Debra Sohm-Lawson. "Food system consolidation in the organic industry." eXtension. January 19.

2008
  • Rosenzweig, William. "Vision for a venturing ecosystem to generate global health innovation." Global Forum Update on Research for Health, Volume 5, pp. 166-170.
  • Harbison, Sarah. "Nature of growth." The State News. December 2, p. 1B, 3B.
  • Dunham, Jillian. "Food map." The New York Times Magazine. October 12 ("The Food Issue"), p. 75.
  • Helgoe, Courtney. "Progressive eaters unite!" Experience Life. October.
  • Entine, John. "Ethical brands--turn on, tune in, sell out." Ethical Corporation. October.
  • Powell, Bonnie Azab. "Bar none." Grist. September 25.
  • Park, Andrew. "Did Seth go to the dark side?" Inc. May.
  • US News & World Report. "Memo to shoppers: 'Organic' does not equal 'bucolic family farm.'" March 21.
  • Wells, Jeff. "Wanted: Healthy relationships." Refresh: The Week in Whole Health. March 20.
  • Parker-Pope, Tara. "When big business eats organic." The New York Times, Well Blog. March 19.
  • Shaw, Aarti. "Food giants mull how far to push organic." PRWeek. March 19.
  • Neuzil, Mark. "Greenbacks for green business." MinnPost. February 25.
  • Fisk, Umbra. "Sell abrasions: On green company buyouts." Grist. February 6.
  • Touch the Soil. "Community, food and agriculture: Topics of higher education." January/February.
  • Kersjes, Liz. "Be green-friendly while grocery shopping." The State News. January 28.
  • Peckenpaugh, Douglas J. “Facilitating Fair Trade." Culinology. January 24.

2007
  • Powell, Bonnie. "Bigger and badder: Prof. Phil Howard on consolidation in the organic industry." Ethicurean. December 18.
  • Deardorff, Julie. "Clorox acquires Burt's Bees." ChicagoTribune.com. November 6.
  • Eisen, Marc. "Natural allies. Organic Valley's success is a lifeline for family farms (cover story)." Isthmus. October 19. [sidebar, "A stable price for farmers."]
  • Ross, Tom. "Health at the grass-roots level: Demand, availability of organic foods increasing in Steamboat Springs." Steamboat Pilot & Today. October 14.
  • Bowness, Suzanne. "Who owns organics?" Organic & Wellness News. Fall, pp. 1, 12, 24-25.
  • Blake, Matthew. "Whole Foods CEO sows Wild Oats." The Nation (online). August 28.
  • Mothering. "Who owns your favorite organic brands? August.
  • Jenkins, Robin Mather. "Who owns organic?" ChicagoTribune.com. July 28.
  • Hudson, Natalie. "Big organics in little, eco-unfriendly packages." Utne Reader (online). June 7.
  • Mott, Ronni. "Giants dominate organics." Jackson Free Press. May 2.
  • Krueger, Ron. "Easy to swallow? Food giants gobbled up by organic, but what now?" The Flint Journal. April 17.
  • Fantle, Will. "Who owns organic? Growing food sector brings with it a changing face." Radish Magazine. March 31.
  • Hemmelgarn, Melinda. "Don't judge organic food by its label." Columbia Daily Tribune. March 21.
  • The Walrus Staff. "Further reading: 'Organic goes boom,' Pamela Cuthbert." The Walrus. March.
  • Stusser, Michael A. "Organicize Me (cover story)." Seattle Weekly. February 21.
  • Needleman, Sarah E. "Money: Shopping for organic foods." The Wall Street Journal (online). January 4.

2006
  • Muirhead, Sarah. "Organic not without controversy." Feedstuffs. December 25, p. 8.
  • Spitz, Jeremy. "The organic-industrial complex." City on a Hill Press. November 30.
  • Deardorff, Julie. "Is Whole Foods selling out?" ChicagoTribune.com. November 13.
  • Rauber, Paul. "Big organic inc." Sierra Magazine. November/December, p. 13.
  • Singer, Peter. "Look your dinner in the eye." New Scientist. Issue 2572 (October 7), p. 22.
  • Monaghan, Peter. "A glance at the current issue of the International Journal of Consumer Studies: 'Post-organic' labeling." The Chronicle of Higher Education. September 14.
  • Kiang, Kylene. "'Organic' gimmicky, some say: USDA says term no indication of nutrition or food safety." Myrtle Beach Online (Cox News Service). September 10.
  • Sustainable Food News. "Corporate roots thicken inside organic foods industry." September 1.
  • Ward, Nancy Brands. "The corporate takeover of organics." Sacramento News & Review. August 24.
  • Mark, Jason. "Us vs. stem: workers on organic farms are treated as poorly as their conventional counterparts.' Grist. August 2.
  • Heady, Christy. "Goliaths no threat in organic world, shopkeepers say." Treasure Coast Business Journal. July 1, p. 23.
  • Meek, Madeleine. "Food for thought: shades of organic." Sage Magazine 1(1), pp. 24-5.
  • Lampert, Allison. "Organic food is now fodder for giant grocers like Sobeys: Industry leaders target independents." The Gazette (Montreal). June 7.
  • Pratt, Sean. "Organic products hit mainstream." Western Producer Issue 52
  • Curlee, Don. "Survey indicates added food data is preferred." The Hanford Sentinel. April 6, p. 11.
  • Gordon, Bennett. "Short takes: news from all over - who owns what." Utne Reader. April 6.

2005
  • Lindsay, Hillary.  "McOrganic?: Is corporate organic changing the organic landscape in Canada?" The Dominion. November 24.
  • Mark, Jason. "The outsourcing of food." Alternet. October 6.
  • Poincelot, Raymond P. "From the Editor." Journal of Sustainable Agriculture 26(4), pp. 1-2.
  • Natural Life Magazine. "Tell us more about what we eat." p. 24. May/June.
  • Sideman, Roger. "Residents take closer look at food production." Register-Pajaronian. May 2.
  • Merron, Shelley. "Forum will take a look at county food system." Santa Cruz Sentinel. February 23.
  • Gaylord, Brian. "Survey shows that consumers want to know about source of food." Produce News. February 17.
  • Brown, Susan D. "Study finds consumer support for 'ethical aspects of food.'" Santa Cruz Sentinel. January 31, p. A1.
  • Pore, Robert. "Wait and see for Canada: Group of senators call for country-of-origin labeling before reopening border with Canada." Grand Island Independent. January 29. 
  • McNulty, Jennifer. "Consumers eager to know more about environmental, social impacts of food they buy, survey finds." UC Santa Cruz Currents. January 24. 

2004
  • Sasso, Michael. "Local natural foods store bracing for arrival of national chain." Tampa Tribune. December 1.
  • Nelson, Brett. "Dean Foods to Street: Green is good." Forbes (online). September 14.
  • Sayre, Laura. "The organic octopus?" The New Farm. March 4.


Television/video

Radio
  • Toth, Eniko. Kossuth Radio, Hungary. Labeling genetically engineered food. October 10, 2012.
  • Carmody, Steve. Michigan Radio. MSU professors mapping ‘urban food deserts.’ March 4, 2011.
  • Etemadi, Sarah. KZSC, Santa Cruz, CA. Food deserts in Santa Cruz County. February 25, 2010.
  • Boothroyd, Sarah. CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) story on Wal-Mart increasing the number of organic food products on its shelves. September 7, 2006.

Radio interviews and presentations
  • KPCC, Southern California Public Radio. “AirTalk.” April 17, 2014.
  • WRFG, Atlanta, GA. “Co-op News.” December 9, 2013.
  • TUC Radio. “Global seed companies: who owns what?” September 11, 2013.
  • KOPN, Columbia, MO. “Food Sleuth.” February 21, 2013.
  • The Voice of Russia, American Edition. “Ric Young Weekend.” November 17, 2012.
  • KVI, Seattle, WA. “ConsumerMan with Herb Weisbaum.” July 9, 2012.
  • KOMO, Seattle, WA. “Newsline PM.” July 9, 2012.
  • Progressive Radio Network, “It’s All About Food.” March 9, 2011.
  • City Pulse Radio, Lansing, MI. March 9, 2011.
  • KBOO, Portland, OR. The “Food Show.” August 17, 2011.
  • KPCW, Park City, UT. “This Green Earth.” May 24, 2011.
  • CFRO, Vancouver, B.C. "Dynamic Health.” April 15, 2009.
  • KUOW, Seattle, WA. "Does being bought out mean you're selling out?" March 5, 2008.
  • Jefferson Public Radio (9 stations in Southern Oregon and Northern California) "The Jefferson Exchange." July 12, 2007.
  • KBOO, Portland, OR. October, 2005.
  • KZFR, Chico, CA. February, 2005.
  • KUSP, Santa Cruz, CA. February, 2005
  • KSCO, Santa Cruz, CA. February, 2005. 
  • KOPN, Columbia, MO. May, 2004.