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[…]

Opposition to anti-GIPSA rider letter to House Appropriations

One hundred sixty eight organizations across the country signed onto a letter asking the House Appropriations Committee to oppose policy riders that inhibit GIPSA’s regulation and implementation authority. Please read the¬†House anti-GIPSA rider letter here.

Chicken Tournament Payment system exposé on NPR

This morning, NPR aired yet another story regarding the chicken industry and poultry contract issues. Dan Charles went down to North Carolina and interviewed chicken farmers including Benny Bunting of RAFI! Bunting discussed the tournament payment system and the financial gamble binding farmers and poultry contracts with industry giants like Perdue and Tyson. Please read[…]

The Meat Racket on NPR!

With the arrival of Chris Leonard’s book, The Meat Racket, NPR aired their recent interview with him during today’s Morning Edition. Read the story or listen here. For those of you in the DC area, Chris will be speaking tonight from 6-7:30pm at the Arizona State Washington Center and Sunday at Politics & Prose at[…]

“Meat” the author: NFFC talks with Chris Leonard about his new book “The Meat Racket”

This past weekend, we opened our Winter Meeting with Christopher Leonard and a discussion about his upcoming book, The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business. Leonard, a former AP agribusiness reporter, discussed what he learned about the meat industry and the struggles of livestock growers in the business. It was an honor[…]