Food & Power Newsletter: The Battle for Nebraska: Communities Take On Industrial Chicken and Pork

Posted Chris Wager Chicken, Leah Douglas, Newsletter, Pork

“We need a moratorium here in Iowa. We’ve got too many factory farms.” That’s Adam Mason, state policy director with Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement. He’s not alone in his desire for dramatic action to be taken against the proliferation of factory farming in his state. Communities across the country are standing up against corporate, […]

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Food & Power Newsletter: Obama Targets Monopoly, But is He Too Late to Help Farmers and Animals?

Posted Leah Douglas Newsletter

After largely ignoring one of the most extreme periods of concentration in U.S. history, President Obama on April 15 acknowledged that America has a monopoly problem. He did so by signing an Executive Order that pushes executive departments and agencies to use their rule-making authority to promote competition wherever possible. “It’s a public acknowledgement that […]

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Consolidation Is Eating Our Food Economy

Posted Leah Douglas Leah Douglas, Mergers & Acquisitions

A generation ago, America’s farm and food economy was dominated by small family enterprises. Today, just four companies control 65 percent of pork slaughter, 84 percent of cattle slaughter, and 53 percent of chicken slaughter. Milk production is largely shaped by one large processor, Dean Foods, and one large cooperative, Dairy Farmers of America. Recent mergers, such as the Brussels-based Delhaize’s (Food Lion) acquisition of the Dutch company Ahold (Giant, Stop & Shop), have reduced the number of large grocers down to four. What does all this consolidation mean for our food economy?