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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 …

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 …

Action Alert: Comment on the Packers and Stockyards Act Proposed Rule

For decades, a federal law called the Packers and Stockyards Act protected America’s farmers and ranchers from abusive monopoly power in the livestock industry. The courts began to water down this law in the 1980’s, giving a handful of corporations unprecedented control over meat and poultry production. As a result, farmers and ranchers are the victims of price-fixing, collusion, and predatory contracts. Cattle, poultry and hog farmers and ranchers are going out of business while corporations like JBS, Smithfield, 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 …

CNN | Walmart takes a step toward owning the food chain

Source: CNN By Nathaniel Meyersohn America’s biggest retailers are pushing back against this country’s largest meat processors. The future of the nation’s food chain is on the line. Walmart last week opened a meatpacking plant in south Georgia that will cut, package and label its own brand of steaks and roasts to deliver to meat cases at 500 stores in the region. It is Walmart’s first meatpacking plant. Costco has also developed its own farm-to-store poultry production operation in Nebraska Read More …

Walmart the Meatpacker: When the Big Save Money Do the Small Live Better?

When you control over 25% of the U.S. grocery market and more than 50% of grocery sales in over 200 regions, you pretty much get to do whatever you want. Walmart, whose SuperCenter stores have been driving out local businesses in a town near you for over 30 years, has now decided it wants to try its hand at meatpacking. And why not? Cutting out the middleman is good for the bottom line. Keeping as many processes in-house Read More …

POLITICO | The Trump Administration Chose Meatpacking Giants Over Farmers in USDA Proposal, Critics Say

Source: POLITICO By Catherine Boudreau Farmers who hoped President Donald Trump would side with them over meatpacking conglomerates were dealt a blow after the Agriculture Department proposed changing rules governing fair competition in the industry. The latest proposal omits an Obama-era effort that would have made it easier for livestock farmers to win lawsuits against meat processors like JBS or Tyson Foods. For at least a decade, farmers have said there is an impossibly high bar to prove Read More …

New Brazilian Class Action Targets Corrupt JBS in the Name of Democracy

Brazilian class action lawsuit against corrupt meatpacking behemoth JBS lays out the undisputed evidence that through bribing over 1,800 Brazilian politicians, JBS was able to take over U.S. Swift Food, U.S. Smithfield beef group, and Pilgrim’s Pride, launching their takeover of the U.S. meat processing industry and becoming the world’s leading meat processor.  The lawsuit demands JBS restore to the Brazilian public nearly a billion U.S. dollars of its ill-gotten gain. Meanwhile, U.S. officials have forked over yet Read More …