Food & Agriculture

Today, from meat to beer to seeds, the food industry is highly consolidated. The removal of a long-standing ownership structure, one that distributed profit and opportunity across America’s landscape, means that now, most land and most animals are now cared for by corporations, not by individuals.

Tom Carper: Senator DowDuPont

Date Published: August 1, 2018

In his Forbes debut, Austin wrote that Senator Tom Carper’s conflicts of interest may explain why he did little to oppose a merger that is bad for Delaware.

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Colluding Pork Packers Accused of Pigging Out On Fixed Prices

Date Published: July 19, 2018

Since roughly 2009, Americans may have been paying too much for their pork chops, barbeque, hams, and trotters. That’s the claim of two law firms that filed separate class action suits on behalf of consumers and food distributors charging eight major pork packers and an industry data sharing service, Agri Stats, with colluding to manipulate prices.

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Bayer-Monsanto Deal Closes as Farmers Warn of Higher Prices and Less Resiliency

Date Published: July 6, 2018

On Thursday, Bayer closed its $62.5 billion purchase of Monsanto. This comes roughly a week after the Department of Justice (DOJ) approved the merger, on the condition that the corporations sell off $9 billion worth of assets, including seed divisions, intellectual property, research projects, and more. Yet even after these divestitures, the combined entity will be the largest global seed and agrochemical corporation, and U.S. based field crop growers fear the power of the new combine.

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