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The 10 most powerful food people in America

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

Most powerful names in food industry

Who do you think are the most powerful food people in America? We were surprised by’s list – Emeril didn’t cut it, we’d never heard of some of the “big names”, and, though we may think celeb chefs and cookbook authors are the authorities in food, it turns out there are quite a few other people who have a huge influence on our America diets. Here are the 10 most powerful food folk in America, according to

7Most powerful names in food industryMike Duke

President and CEO, Walmart

Not surprisingly, Wal-Mart's president and CEO Mike Duke made the list. Why? Because Wal-Mart is the world's largest grocer and, sit down for this, the nation's No. 1 purchaser of organic foods. In fact, Duke has made a commitment to have Wal-Mart purchase more locally grown produce and he even instituted a program of sourcing sustainably grown produce. However, Duke has also lobbied strenuously to loosen the legal definition of "organic" so that more products can bear that label.

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