25 Oct '11, 4pm

Food System Pays Dearly as Wall Street Occupies Washington - The 1 percent recently racked up two more big victories...

For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's Politics and Democracy page . It's nearly impossible to find a legislative or regulatory issue related to food and agriculture that hasn't been deeply shaped (if not outright written) by corporate lobbyists. Despite the Occupy Wall Street movement's now month-long direct challenge to corporate and financial industry power, the machine keeps rolling along. The 1 percent recently racked up two more big victories. President Barack Obama signed three new free-trade agreements and regulators watered down rules that govern commodity markets, which ultimately have a big impact on both farmers and consumers. Both developments make the protestors' point: Washington is occupied by corporate power. In 2008, as the financial sector was barreling toward collapse, we at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) re...

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