Across the food industry, big companies are getting bigger by buying up competitors and expanding into new product lines. Meanwhile, some food companies are also making sweeping sustainability commitments, leading to a fracture in the industry—including mass defections from the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the industry’s biggest lobbying group. In a sector where just a few companies dominate how food is produced, delivered, marketed, and consumed, those commitments could have huge impact on the environment and the supply chain. But there is already a track record of letting such commitments slide. Three industry experts will debate the future of Big Food’s commitment to sustainability, and the prospects for significant and enduring change in how our food is produced and sold.
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