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:


  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.


  • 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
  • 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.