What I got out of this article is that many of these little natural foods companies, most of which at one time were independent businesses, have been bought by larger public companies. Anyone can own stock in these companies, and a significant chunk of their assests are owned by large mutual funds. Other companies buy stock in mutual funds, so, as stockholders, they are owners, indirectly.
I guess, for me personally, saying that monsanto owns shares in a mutual fund that invests in Hain Celestial Group (one of the larger companies) is different than saying that Monsanto owns part of Hain Celestial Group, though both are true. Hain can't control who buys its stock on the open market. If other companies want to put their money into natural/organic foods because it is a good investment, I don't think the natural/organic foods companies should be held responsible.
Now, if a company sells out in its entirety to a big company, like Odwalla did to Coca-Cola, that is different.
Stacia -- intrepid mama, midwife, and doula. Changing the world one 'zine at a time.