The dailymeal.com recently listed America’s 50 Most Powerful People in Food for 2013. The “Family Farmer” is last on the list. Topping the “people who affect what and how and where and why we eat, or could if they wanted to” include:
1) Jack Menzel and Bernardo Hernandez for Zagat, and teams at Google.
2) Hugh Grant, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Monsanto Company.
3) Michael Taylor, deputy commissioner of foods, Food and Drug Administration.
4) Patricia Woertz, chairman and president, Archer Daniels Midland.
5) Mike Duke, president and CEO, Walmart.
6) Indra Nooyi, chairman and CEO, Pepsi.
7) Donald Thompson, vice president and CEO, McDonalds.
8) Ben Silbermann, founder and CEO, Pinterest.
9) Gregory Page, chairman d CEO, Cargill.
10) Thomas Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
Editors decided that the most influential weren’t always the best-known and that “CEOs could wield more weight than culinary celebrities,” and the number of people whose food choices are affected by a person.
Oh yes, “The Family Farmer” ranked 50th — behind Michael Pollan (47); Ingrid Newkirk, president and co-founder, People for the Ethical Treatment of Agriculture (46) First Lady Michelle Obama (24).