09 Nov '11, 3pm
Killing the competition: Meat industry reform takes a blow via @grist
To the untrained eye, consolidation of the livestock market looks like the triumph of economic efficiency. Fewer farms are raising more livestock! Eaters get lower prices at the supermarket! In reality, however, it has devastated rural communities economically and environmentally and is the very definition of unsustainable. While the outcome could have been worse -- the USDA could have killed GIPSA reform entirely -- it's admittedly hard to take a glass-half-full view. I guess at this point reformers have to be thankful that there's even a glass at all.