JBS Hires Former USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety as Global Head of Food Safety and Quality Assurance

The revolving door that allows the deck to be stacked against family farm agriculture at every step of the game continues. JBS announced they have hired former U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, Alfred Almanza, as their new Global Head of Food Safety and Quality Assurance. Almanza brings 40 years’ knowledge of privileged government information to JBS, giving them a huge competitive advantage to allow them to further consolidate the global industry. According to JBS, “Prior to joining Read More …

Letter to Pope Concerning Brother David Andrews

As we remember former OCM board member Brother David Andrews two years after his passing, we’d like to share with family and friends a letter we sent to Pope Francis in Brother David’s memory. September 1, 2015 His Holiness, Pope Francis Apostolic Palace 00120 Vatican City Dear Pope Francis: The Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) was founded in 1998 as a non-profit public policy and research organization. Our purpose is to advocate for US public policies that reclaim fair Read More …

Over 100 Mississippi Farmers and Ranchers Gather to Reclaim a Fair Food System

Cattle Producers Mad as Hell and Not Gonna Take It Anymore BAY SPRINGS, MS – Yesterday evening, over 100 farmers and ranchers gathered in Bay Springs, Mississippi to say “enough is enough.” With this year’s calf prices dropping to about half of what they were a year ago and putting Mississippi cattle producers’ viability in question, cattle producers learned of actions they can take to win back a free and just market to regain their fair share of Read More …

The Facts About Higher and Lower Food Prices in Industrial Animal Agriculture

Dear Friends, Please find attached our new research related to egg prices and industrial agriculture as it relates to claims made in the robust debate surrounding State Question 777. As ever, our goal is discern fact from fiction in a nonpartisan manner. We believe the two attached sheets with infographics reveal a compelling (there’s that word!) snapshot of what’s really happening with regard to food prices. A hat tip to our director of education, Brian Ted Jones, for Read More …

Senator Warren’s Speech on Monopoly

Yesterday, straight off her high-profile campaign appearance Monday with Hillary Clinton, Sen. Elizabeth Warren gave a keynote address about industry consolidation in the American economy at a conference at the Capitol put on by New America’s Open Markets program. Though the speech has so far gotten only a modicum of attention—the press being more interested in litigating Donald Trump’s Pocahontas taunts—it has the potential to change the course of the presidential contest. Her speech begins at minute 56:45 Read More …

Populism With a Brain : Ten old/new ideas to give power back to the people.

by Barry C. Lynn and Phillip Longman published in the Washington Monthly The National Review recently described Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump as “two populist peas in a pod.” This was not a compliment. Across the political spectrum, people stick the “populist” label on politicians they see as exploiting the worst resentments and envies of some tribe or another. The segregationist George Wallace, by this reckoning, was a populist. So, too, Jean-Marie Le Pen. Yet there is a Read More …

Ban On Meat Packer Ownership: Too Little, Too Late

By Mike Callicrate Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, a longtime advocate for fair markets, is once again reintroducing a bill that would make it unlawful for meat packers to own livestock more than seven days prior to slaughter. Similar legislation has been introduced before, but the powerful packer lobby has always succeeded in killing it. Aside from whether the bill actually has a chance this time, there’s another question to consider. If Congress bans meat packers from owing livestock, Read More …

The Confession of an Outlaw – April 15, 1926

from Tom Giessel The Kansas Union Farmer Thursday, April 15, 1926 A crow sat on an old elm tree, and he was black as black could be I told him it was my belief that he was just an outlawed thief. “O yes, I am a thief.” Said he, “but there are bigger thieves than me; its true, I eat a little corn, and chickens too just newly born; and all the farmers plainly know that I am Read More …