27 Dec '11, 9pm

The bad food news of 2011

The bad food news of 2011

An aerial view of a CAFO. Photo: Kestrel Aerial For a while it seemed that one of the more positive food policy developments of 2011 might have come in the way of important changes to the Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyard Administration (GIPSA) -- a wonky set of rules that essentially set the terms for competition in the meat industry. Then, in November, we reported that the USDA removed all parts of the rule that would have upset the current -- highly consolidated -- meat industry . Whereas new rules would have truly leveled the playing field for small producers , business as usual will mean that four companies still control 90 percent of all beef processing, while an equally small handful of companies control 70 percent of all pork processing, and nearly 60 percent of poultry processing.

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