How 2017 Spelled The End Of The Hippie Food Era

If it wasn’t apparent that organic food had gone corporate, the sirens clearly sounded this year when the retail behemoth Amazon acquired Whole Foods, which itself had already become an icon of corporatized natural food. The acquisitions of companies in the organic food business “took off in the ’90s but now involve bigger and bigger companies,” said Philip Howard, a professor at Michigan State University, who has¬†tracked the consolidation of the industry¬†over the decades. In 2017, it’s rare to find a well-known natural food brand that isn’t owned by a…

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