Spurred by that book and cattlemen's complaints, in 1918 the FTC found "evidence of two generations of combined effort on the part of the American meat packers, particularly the Armour, Swift and Morris families, to control an ever increasing part of the food of the American people." The meatpackers were "skilled in concealing" their collusion and maintained "the appearance of competition," the FTC said. CONTINUE . . . What does collusion mean? That's the same as conspire isn't it? Definition of COLLUDE : conspire, plot <colluded to keep prices high> Examples of COLLUDE The two companies had colluded to fix prices. <accused of colluding to block the sale of the vacant land> SOURCE Some people would have us believe that there's never any "conspiring" going on at these mega conglomerations today. Why to even make mention of it brings on shouts of "conspiracy theorist" and "wacko crazy nutcase". Who are these people and why do you suppose they'd want us to believe such a thing when history always proves them wrong? I wonder if the meat packers of the early 1900's called Upton Siclair, the FTC and the cattlemen "wacko collusion theorists"? Where does our meat come from today? Four mega corporations. Soon to be just three?