Yes, Kansas, there’s a war on beef — but not the one Roger Marshall’s talking about

Yes, Kansas, there’s a war on beef — but not the one Roger Marshall’s talking about By Tucker Graff May 8, 2021 If we don’t act now to break the monopoly of four meatpacking companies, 50 years from now we’ll be having the same conversation about preserving the beef industry but with even fewer ranchers…



Policy and Personnel Wins for a Better Rural America | Family Farm Action Alliance

Policy and Personnel Wins for a Better Rural America April 29, 2021 Policy Progress in Our Food System Democratizing our food system is a heavy lift, but in just four months, the Farm Action team has made substantial progress towards actualizing this vision. In January, we released a transition paper for the Biden-Harris team titled…



A brief, terrifying history of viruses escaping from labs: 70s Chinese pandemic was a lab mistake | National Post

https://nationalpost.com/news/a-brief-terrifying-history-of-viruses-escaping-from-labs-70s-chinese-pandemic-was-a-lab-mistake The danger of a manmade pandemic sparked by a laboratory escape is not hypothetical Apr 11, 2014 • January 25, 2015 • 10 minute read • Join the conversation PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images The public health danger posed by potentially pandemic-causing viruses escaping from laboratories has become the subject of considerable discussion, spurred by “gain…



The Hog Baron

The Hog Baron 19 April, 2021 08:14 How Iowa’s largest hog producer courted power, turned farming into a numbers game, and transformed the American heartland. By Charlie Mitchell and Austin Frerick Updated Apr 19, 2021, 8:00am EDT Photographs by Kathryn Gamble for Vox. A CAFO, or concentrated animal feeding operation, outside of Rockwell City, Iowa….



To Bust Monopoly Power, Start With the Companies Controlling Our Food

To Bust Monopoly Power, Start With the Companies Controlling Our Food Busting the monopoly power of abusive and arrogant food giants is broadly popular—even in Congress. by Jim Hightower Tyson Food and Hillshire Brands food products are seen on May 29, 2014 in Miami, Florida. Tyson Foods made a $ 6.8 billion all-cash proposal to…



Guebert – Global meatpackers filet U.S. taxpayers again and again

Global meatpackers filet U.S. taxpayers again and again Farm and Food File for the week beginning Sunday, April 11, 2021 Alan Guebert Like many global meatpacking companies, JBS SA, the giant Brazilian meat and poultry packer with extensive operations in North and South America, Europe, and Australia, spent most of the last six months buying…



JBS Says It’s Flush With Cash for Acquisitions and Dividends

JBS Says It’s Flush With Cash for Acquisitions and Dividends Fabiana Batista 3/25/2021 (Bloomberg) — JBS SA beat earnings estimates with record cash flow last year, spurring the world’s largest meat supplier to propose record dividends and an acquisition-fueled expansion. © Photographer: Victor Moriyama/Getty Images South America SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – MARCH 20: Butchers work…



Mike Callicrate asks for investigation of BIG Meatpackers market manipulation

For over 30 years many of us have know the biggest meatpackers were cooperating in consolidating the cattle market under their control. They have continuously manipulated the markets to their advantage, draining the wealth and resources of our family farmers, ranchers, and rural communities. Over the years, our law makers and Law enforcers have been…



President Biden’s Trustbusters Aren’t Just Experts on Tech. They Know About Big Ag.

Mother Jones illustration; Patrick Semansky/AP; Getty President Biden’s Trustbusters Aren’t Just Experts on Tech. They Know About Big Ag. The new administration is signaling it might take on the massive agricultural groups. Tom Philpott March 29, 2021 President Joe Biden looks like he’s ready to bust up some monopolies, and it’s not just tech oligarchs…



Reaching our Limits, Art Cullen

Editorial: Reaching our limits March 26, 2021 Art Cullen | The Storm Lake Times Iowa has 25 million hogs, best we know, producing enough sewage akin to a human population of 125 million. To feed those hogs, we cultivate 92% of the state’s acres to grow corn and soybeans, the most of any state. Along…