Fueling Beef Monopoly Expansion, U.S. Lifts Two-Year Ban on Brazilian Beef Imports

On Friday, February 21, the United States reopened its border to fresh beef from Brazil after a more than two-year ban, according to a letter sent by the Food Safety and Inspection Service to the Brazilian agriculture minister, as reported by Bloomberg News. Negotiations between President Trump and President Bolsonaro began one year ago, and the two plan to meet next month in Brazil. The move, which the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) warned against in April 2019, threatens Read More …

Brian Ross Investigates | $100 Million Outrage; Corrupt Brothers Collect US Taxpayer Money

This episode of Brian Ross Investigates looks at the case of two brothers linked to a huge corruption scandal in Brazil who have been buying up American meatpacking companies, which have now received more than $100 million in U.S. taxpayer money meant for American farmers and ranchers. Brian Ross joined the Law & Crime Network as chief investigative correspondent in 2018 after decades of award-winning work at ABC News and NBC News. His reports have exposed government and corporate Read More …

JBS faces heat over ‘cattle laundering’ in Amazon supply chain

JBS has frequently been accused of links to deforestation. Now the meatpacker is facing growing pressure from Brazilian politicians and environmentalists to address the information gaps and transparency failings in its supply chain. Critics say these deficiencies mean JBS is unable to ensure it does not buy cattle from farms involved in illegal deforestation over a decade after promising to do so. Read more from The Guardian.

JBS buys U.S.-Based Empire Packing for $238M

JBS USA is buying Empire Packing Co. LP, its case ready production facilities and Ledbetter branded retail products, for US$238 million. The acquisition includes operations of five production facilities located in Cincinnati, Denver, Mason, Ohio, Memphis, Tenn. and Olympia, Wash. Empire Packing provides its grocery clients with case ready meat solutions and custom food processing and packaging services, and Ledbetter Foods branded products sold at retail nationwide. JBS said the transaction is subject to regulatory review and government approvals. Read More …

Cooperative Consolidation: Why Dairy Farmers of America Should Not Be Allowed to Purchase Dean Foods

By Bobbi Wilson, Wisconsin Farmers Union The looming threat of a milk monopoly is making headlines as the nation’s largest dairy cooperative, Dairy Farmers of America, negotiates the purchase of Dean Foods following its bankruptcy announcement. If the deal is approved, DFA would achieve near total control over regional fluid milk markets in New England and the Midwest. The news comes on the heels of a Government Accountability Office report showing reduced farmer earnings and power imbalances result from Read More …

JBS’ Pilgrim’s Pride poultry plants in Chattanooga hit with civil penalities for odor

The Pilgrim’s Pride poultry plants in downtown Chattanooga last month were fined nearly $7,000 in penalties and fees for three violations over the past 18 months involving odor problems, documents show. The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Air Pollution Control Bureau, responding to a complaint related to the 1591 Broad St. “kill plant” last Aug. 5, said that bay doors had been left open and a fan that disperses liquid for odor control wasn’t operating. Also, an odor control mister outside Read More …

August 13-14, 2020: 22nd Annual Food and Agriculture Conference and Membership Meeting

Consolidation in food and agriculture has reached a point where the top firms in almost every sector have acquired abusive levels of power. This corporate control has allowed these firms to reap record profits, paying lower prices to the farmers and workers who produce our food and charging higher prices to consumers of that food. Under this imbalance of power, abusive practices, including price-fixing, collusion, and predatory contracts, extract wealth from our farms, ranches, and rural communities, suffocate Read More …

The Criminals Win Again: JBS Signs Deal to Increase Sales to China

JBS has done it again. Today, Meatingplace reports the Brazilian meatpacking giant’s South American arm has secured a deal to sell over $700 million dollars worth of beef, pork, and poultry to China per year under its Friboi and Seara brands out of Brazil. “This agreement reflects the maturity and evolution of our trade relations with China,” said Renato Costa, president of Friboi. “It will be an opportunity for us to evolve in our supply chain in an Read More …