Food & Power is an essential resource for food policy wonks, advocates, farmers, policymakers, and eaters. Food & Power is a first-of-its-kind website, providing original reporting, resources, and research on monopoly power and economic concentration in the food system.
From meat to beer to seeds, the food industry is highly consolidated. But this wasn’t always the case. Food & Power investigates how corporate power has shaped the food industry, and how monopolization is impacting farmers, consumers, entrepreneurs, and distributors.
Food & Power is primarily edited by Leah Douglas, reporter and policy associate with the Open Markets Program. Other authors whose work is featured on the site include Lina Khan, fellow with the Open Markets Program; Christopher Leonard, Schmidt Family Fellow at New America; and Barry Lynn, director of the Open Markets Program.
Over the last two decades, Americans have witnessed the most extreme consolidation of economic power in our country in more than a century. Today’s immense companies destroy jobs, slow innovation, degrade safety, harm our environment, endanger our national security, force us to pay more for less, decrease resilience, and threaten the liberties and properties of the entrepreneurs and workers who form the core of America’s middle class.
The Open Markets Program of New America promotes greater awareness of the political and economic dangers of extreme consolidation, identifies the changes in policy and law that cleared the way for such consolidation, and fosters discussions of potential courses of actions to reestablish America’s political economy on a more stable and fair foundation. The Program does so foremost by integrating the thinking of real entrepreneurs, engineers, venture capitalists, innovators, business managers, community-oriented bankers, and other citizens into a policy environment that in recent years has been entirely dominated by the interests of absentee financiers and the analyses of academic economists.
The ultimate aim of the Program is to promote the idea that real resilience in the real world––be it economic, social, political, or environmental––requires that we structure our political economy around a vision of competition that prevents any small group of citizens from consolidating power over any political institution, industrial or financial system, resource, or idea. We do so with a profound appreciation of the nature and purpose of the extreme industrial and financial interdependence that has been forged among nations. We do so also with a clear understanding of the role competition plays in generating information vital to our well being. For more information on the Open Markets Program, click here.