Stop the Bayer+Monsanto Merger

Thanks to Organization for Competitive Markets for this action alert. The Bayer+Monsanto merger is part of a merger wave that will create just three agricultural chemical companies, while just two years ago there were six. Once the Bayer+Monsanto merger goes through, the economics of food, farming, and the environment will be radically altered. It will[…]

Over 200 Groups Urge Congress to Level the Playing Field for Farmers, Workers and Consumers

Diverse Coalition Calls for Farm Bill to Address Competition in the Food System Washington, DC — Today, a broad-based coalition of 210 farm, rural, worker and consumer advocacy organizations released principles for a fairer farm bill that would address the lack of competition in every link in the food chain. The groups point out that[…]

Let’s Make Parity Our National Policy

This speech by George Naylor was written as the keynote address to precede the panel, Farmers Leading the Food Movement, for the Food Tank Summit, Washington, D.C., April 21, 2016. It’s an honor and privilege to speak here at the Food Tank summit.  I’ve been a farmer and farm activist for 40 years raising only[…]

NFFC Joining Iowa CCI, Allies at Food & Ag Justice Summit

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2015/02/17/iowa-cci-ag-summit-protest-caucus/23551491/ The liberal advocacy group Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement will hold two days of counter-programming to next month’s Iowa Ag Summit featuring several potential Republican presidential candidates. The group on Tuesday announced a “Food & Ag Justice Summit” timed for the same weekend, with a “people and planet first social” on Friday, March 6,[…]

Supporting Dairy Farmers is Part of a Balanced Diet

  Eat fat! That is the message delivered in new studies that suggest Americans have wrongfully avoided fat in their diets for decades. In an effort to deal with the growing epidemic of heart disease, scientists turned their focus to cutting fat from diets. Many of those studies failed to control for major heart disease[…]

Wash Po: Illusion of choice in U.S. meat market

The Washington Post’s Robert Ferdman wrote this article on the consolidation in the meat industry and the resulting illusion of choice consumers have in the grocery store. It appeared in last week’s online Wonkblog and in this Sunday’s business section. Ferdman quotes Chris Leonard, draws comparisons with the soda industry, and examines some of the[…]

Kaptur defends GIPSA, farmers, and ranchers in Appropriations debate

Please watch the House Appropriations debates last week over Representative Kaptur’s amendments to strike language from the GIPSA rider. Current language prevents the GIPSA administration from protecting farmers and ranchers against retaliation, anti-competitive practices, and abusive contracts. Unfortunately, both amendments were voted down in recorded votes. We will continue our efforts to take this language[…]

NY Times critiques USFRA’s ‘Farmland’

The New York times ran this excellent critique of the USFRA sponsored film ‘Farmland’ in their movie section today. Unfortunately, they didn’t link to either Jim or our articles, but they did cite a number of other articles, including Anna Lappe’s piece at Grist called “Who’s behind the US Farmer’s & Ranchers Alliance and why[…]