New Legislation Would Hit Pause on Mega-Mergers

America has a monopoly problem, and no sector is worse than food and agriculture. In just the past two years, chemical and seed company acquisitions and mergers have allowed three companies to control two thirds of the crop seed and nearly 70% of the agricultural chemical markets. The four largest multinational corporations have gained control of 71% of the pork market, 85% of the beef market and 90% of the grain market. Economists agree that more than 40% Read More …

Tell USDA: Stop Allowing Imported Meat to be Mislabeled “Product of U.S.A.”

Do you want a food system in which the biggest cheaters win, and global monopolies control our food supply? It’s what we have today. Current USDA policy allows cheap imported meat to be mislabeled “Product of U.S.A.” Global food corporations find it very profitable to deceive U.S. consumers and drive U.S. family farmers and ranchers out of business while our government looks the other way. It’s time to stop this criminal practice, so we at Organization for Competitive Read More …

Unstacking the Deck: A New Agenda to Tame Corruption in Washington

By Rohit Chopra and Julie Margetta Morgan This is an excerpt of Mr. Chopra and Ms. Margetta Morgan’s report, “Unstacking the Deck: A New Agenda to Tame Corruption in Washington.” View the full report on the Roosevelt Institute’s website. U.S. Federal Trade Commissioner Rohit Chopra will be the banquet speaker at OCM’s 20th Annual Food & Agriculture Conference, August 8-10 in Kansas City, MO. In an October 2017 poll, Americans named “corruption of government officials” as their top fear, Read More …

Last day for conference early bird rate – Don’t miss “Voices from Our Communities” panel

Today is the last day to reserve your hotel room at a discounted rate for OCM’s 20th Annual Food and Agriculture Conference. Rooms are booking up fast so don’t miss your opportunity to join the discussion on how we can break the corporate stranglehold on our food system. REGISTER AND BOOK YOUR ROOM We’re excited to highlight one of our outstanding panels, “Voices from Our Communities.” This conversation will focus on how market concentration impacts all of us, especially Read More …

Top 10 Most Egregious Checkoff Program Abuses

Checkoff programs have been instrumental in the history of agricultural advertising. Famous campaigns such as “Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner.” have been paid for using family farmers’ checkoff tax dollars. However, checkoff programs have fallen under the control of big agribusiness interests, and oftentimes the billions of dollars paid into checkoff programs by hard working family farmers and ranchers end up being used to lobby for policies that hurt them. This could change in the 2018 Farm Bill Read More …

The Flawed European Remedy to Bayer-Monsanto Deal

By Allen Grunes and Maurice Stucke Farmers in the United States have been battered for years by the rising costs of seeds and chemicals. It looks like things are only going to get worse. There were news reports last week that the U.S. Justice Department has reached an “agreement in principle” to give the green light to Bayer AG’s acquisition of rival Monsanto Co. Bayer is the second largest supplier of pesticides worldwide, and is an important global seed company. Monsanto is Read More …

Organizing Farm Communities to Stop Rep. King’s Attack

By Laura Kington As a seasonal farm employee and food system advocate, my post-grad years have consistently revolved around three seasons: planting, harvesting, and conference-ing. The last two years, I’ve worked at a flower farm on the outskirts of Columbus, Ohio, the city where I grew up and where I remained after graduating from the Ohio State University’s College of Food and Ag., and the year prior to that I had my first season farming on a mixed Read More …

OCM Support for Petition for Rulemaking on Definitions of “Beef” and “Meat”

The Organization for Competitive Markets submitted the following comments in support of Petition 18-01 filed by United States Cattlemen’s Association to exclude products not derived directly from animals raised and slaughtered from the definition of “beef” and “meat.” OCM recognizes the value U.S. consumers place on accurate, transparent labeling in making their food choices. Many of America’s family farmers and ranchers have been able to sustain the profitability of their independent family farms and ranches by recognizing consumer Read More …