Bayer’s Empty Promise: Jobs in Exchange for Approval to Take Over Monsanto

Posted Leah Douglas Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Photo from Flickr user andrepierre. Days before entering office, President Donald Trump held a meeting with executives from agrochemical giants Bayer and Monsanto. The companies sought Trump’s blessing for their $66 billion merger, promising to create thousands of jobs if the merger is approved. But the companies’ track records, as well as evidence from past mergers, suggest the […]

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The Walmart of Organics? Whole Foods Moves to Centralized Purchasing

Posted Leah Douglas Leah Douglas, Newsletter, Organics

Photo from Flickr user forever5yearsold. Whole Foods’ recent decision to centralize buying for its U.S. stores will likely make it much harder for smaller producers of organic and natural foods to get to market. The move could thus further solidify the control of the corporate food giants currently dominating the organic and natural foods sector. Zach […]

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Secretary Vilsack’s Chicken Rules May Come Too Late to Help Farmers

Posted Leah Douglas Chicken, Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Photo from Flickr user scrap_pile. The Department of Agriculture last week finally proposed rules to protect poultry farmers from abusive and discriminatory practices by giant chicken processing companies. Called the Farmer Fair Practices Rules, the new rules come 6 years after the Obama Administration first attempted to regulate the industry, then retreated under heavy pressure from […]

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Ranchers, Facing Record Low Prices, Confront Surge of Brazilian Imports​

Posted Leah Douglas Beef, Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Photo by unitedsoybean on Flickr. Cattle prices hit historic lows in some parts of the country in November, even as the first shipments of Brazilian beef arrived in U.S. ports after the USDA’s recent decision to lift a 13-year-old ban on that country. Ranchers say the combination will likely drive many American ranchers out of business. […]

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Independent Ranchers Take New Tack in Fight Against Pro-Big Beef Checkoff​

Posted Leah Douglas Checkoff Programs, Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Photo from flickr user nicholas_t. The most recent attack by American ranchers on the Department of Agriculture’s beef checkoff tax reached a federal court two weeks ago. The suit, filed by the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund (R-CALF), challenges how the checkoff program operates in Montana. But the outcome of the case could reshape how the […]

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Amazon Expands into Liquor Delivery and Retail in Ohio​

Posted Leah Douglas Beer, Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Photo from Flickr user jamescridland. Amazon has applied for licenses to open liquor warehouses in Columbus and Cincinnati that would allow the company to sell beer, wine, and liquor for delivery as well as carryout. This move is the latest in the company’s increasingly aggressive attempts to position itself as a dominant player in brick-and-mortar food […]

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Big Ag Uses “Right to Farm” to Target the Rights of Oklahoma Citizens

Posted Leah Douglas Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Photo from usdagov on Flickr. Oklahomans vote November 8 on a Big Ag-backed proposal to limit the ability of citizens to regulate agricultural activity within the state. If passed, State Question 777 would add language to the state constitution requiring any new agricultural legislation to undergo strict scrutiny in the courts, making it harder for residents […]

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Merging Seed Giants Tout “Innovation”, but Already Slashing R&D​

Posted Leah Douglas GMOs & Seeds, Leah Douglas, Mergers & Acquisitions, Newsletter

Photo from flickr user thatmakesthree. In a September 20 hearing on Capitol Hill, executives from Monsanto, Bayer, Syngenta, Dow and DuPont defended their plans to merge into three giant agrochemical companies. Under questioning by Senators on the Judiciary Committee, they emphasized that the deals would increase their companies’ ability to “innovate” and to develop better seeds […]

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With SABMiller Deal Complete, ABI Takes Aim at Craft Brewers

Posted Leah Douglas Beer, Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Photo from Flickr user quinnanya. Anheuser-Busch InBev is angling to control every shelf of your local beer store, and they’re doing it behind the scenes. That may seem surprising, given that the Belgian company has made headlines this year with its nearly complete $108 billion acquisition of SABMiller, the second-largest beer company in the world. But […]

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The Month in Review

Posted Leah Douglas Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Photo from Flickr user cjuneau. As the summer winds down, here’s a look at some of the biggest stories in food and agriculture consolidation. Three major mergers in the agrochemical sector are facing antitrust review in several countries. The European Union has opened an antitrust investigation into the proposed $122 billion Dow/DuPont merger, citing concerns that a merger between the two agrochemical giants […]

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