A generation ago, the business of raising animals for food in America looked much like it had at the Founding – family farms, open and competitive markets, high standards, and a self sustaining national economy. Today, vast corporations rule almost every corner of the animal agriculture landscape, and these giants are increasingly controlled from foreign capitals. Some economists argue in favor of this new order of things, mainly claiming it is more “efficient.” But there’s also growing evidence that this top-down system can harm the well being of animals, the farmer, and the eater. Join New America’s Markets and Resiliency Program in an open discussion of the pros and cons of America’s new industrial meat system, and of cutting edge efforts to reform the worst practices.
Join the conversation online by using #MeatMonopoly and by following @NewAmerica.
Thursday, March 13, 2014 – 9:30am – 1:15pm
Food Safety, Country of Origin Labeling, Pricing and The Beef TaxFeatured Speakers:
Former Director of the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration
Research Director, Food & Water Watch
Former VP of Procurement for Whole Foods,
Owner of Dino’s Grotto restaurant, in Washington, DC.
How Consolidation Affects the ANIMAL
Animal Welfare: Does Farm Size Matter?
C. Robert Taylor
Alfa Eminent Scholar and Professor of Agricultural Policy, Auburn University
Director, Animal Welfare Approved (AWA)
Former VP of Procurement for Whole Foods
Editor, Washington Monthly
The Humane Society’s New Alliance with Family Farmers
President, Humane Society of the United States
How Consolidation Affects the FARMER
The End of Markets and the Rise of Farmer vs. Farmer “Tournaments”
Chicken farmer, West Virginia
Renee L. Bowser
Assistant General Counsel, United Food Commercial Workers
President, the American Antitrust Institute