In what way can firms in the food and beverage industry affect society in general?

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There are many ways this could happen.  Let us look at two.

These firms can affect what we eat.  This can affect how healthy we are.  Obesity is a major problem in America and the actions of food companies (what kinds of foods they produce, how they market them) can have a real effect on that.

These firms also affect how our food is produced.  They can have a tremendous impact on how "green" our system of food production is.  This can have an effect on the environment as well as on the general healthiness (things like the amount of antibiotics in the meat we eat) of our food.

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