Note from Basel Musharbash: No group punches above its weight like Farm Action does. No group has done more expansive and impactful work to help policymakers understand — and address — monopoly power in our food and agriculture system than Farm Action has. Take a look at what they did just this year:
2023 in Review: Big Wins; Bigger Plans
2023 was a banner year for our fight against corporate monopoly power in the food system. Together with our supporters and allies, we demonstrated that we are a force to be reckoned with — and the fruits of our labor are paying off as the year draws to a close.
We kicked off 2023 with the historic Food Not Feed Summit, where a powerful and diverse coalition gathered around a movement to shift federal farm programs toward food for people, not just feed grains for corporate-controlled livestock. And with USDA’s recently announced supports for farmers producing nutritious specialty crops, our collective efforts to rebuild a food system that benefits all are paying off.
At year’s end, we’re closer to leveling the playing field for America’s livestock producers after USDA updated its requirement that the agency’s red meat purchases must come from animals born, raised, and slaughtered in the U.S. — and cracked down on misleading ‘antibiotic-free’ meat and poultry labeling that stunts the growth of our local and regional food systems.
We’re pleased to share our journey towards achieving this year’s wins, which are helping to tip the scales of power back into the hands of everyday people — not corporations.
What We Did
We worked alongside countless members of Congress, government agencies, and coalitions to develop strategies to fight back against corporate monopoly power. Here’s how we achieved success in 2023: