23 Jun '11, 8pm

House Republicans aim pitchfork at food-system reform: via @grist

House Republicans aim pitchfork at food-system reform: via @grist

Prevent the USDA from fulfilling its mandate to rein in the meat industry: Meat is one of the most tightly consolidated industries in our economy. Just four transnationals -- Tyson, JBS, Cargill, and Smithfield -- dominate production of beef, pork, chicken, and turkey. They use their market heft to squeeze farmers on price, leading to a host of environmental and social dysfunctions. (Monica Potts' recent American Prospect article "The Serfs of Arkansas " beautifully illustrates the state of poultry farming under the shadow of a few megaprocessors.) By some small miracle -- generated by fierce lobbying from grassroots farmer groups -- the 2008 Farm Bill contained a mandate directing the USDA to write rules to end price discrimination against small and mid-sized farmers by corporate processors and to ensure fair contracts for poultry and hog producers. Enter the GOP House --...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/politics/2011-06-23-house-republican...

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