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Claire Kelloway

Reporter & Researcher

Claire Kelloway is a reporter and researcher with the Open Markets Institute. She is the primary writer for Food & Power, a first-of-its-kind website, providing original reporting and resources on monopoly power and economic concentration in the food system. Her writing on food and agriculture has appeared in ProPublica, Civil Eats, Pacific Standard Magazine, and more.
Claire previously worked as a sustainability fellow with Bon Appetit Management Company. She has a BA in political science from Carleton College with a concentration in political economy and sustainable development.

Latest Work

The Monopolization of Milk

Date Published: November 27, 2019

Open Markets Food & Power researcher and reporter Claire Kelloway published an op-ed on the Washington Monthly on November 21, 2019 on how America’s biggest dairy co-op is trying to become even bigger. Kelloway writes that one critical reason dairy farms feel pressure to consolidate is because milk retailers, buyers, and, processors have spent years consolidating around them. Now, a merger between major milk monopolists threatens to deal another blow to ailing dairy farmers, and its not clear if federal enforcers will do anything to stop it.

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Meat Processing Is A Dangerous Job. It’s About to Get A Lot Worse.

Date Published: April 24, 2019

Open Markets’ Food & Power reporter Claire Kelloway published a feature on Talk Poverty about how the meat processing industry is about to get a lot worse thanks to a new pork inspection rule the Trump administration is seeking to pass. The new rule would have inspection lines run even faster and plant employees will have to take responsibility for visual inspection of meat, putting workers and eaters at risk.

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Big Ag Eyes Big Aquaculture

Date Published: February 28, 2019

The world is eating more farmed fish, and global grain traders intend to control the fish feeding business much as they control the feeding of other farm animals. In her latest piece, Open Markets’ reporter Claire Kelloway looks examines the fastest growing form of food production in the world — aquaculture.

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How to Close the Democrats’ Rural Gap

Date Published: January 14, 2019

In Claire Kelloway’s article “How to Close the Democrats’ Rural Gap” in the January/February issue of The Washington Monthly, she argues that antitrust needs to be part of this solution. She writes, “the biggest cause of growing regional inequality isn’t technology; it’s changes in public policy, embraced by both parties, that have enabled predatory monopolies to strip wealth away from farmers and rural communities and transfer it to America’s snazziest zip codes.”

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Big Ag Tries to Stifle Debate on Minnesota Mega-Dairy Expansion

Date Published: November 8, 2018

Open Markets Food & Power reporter Claire Kelloway covers the story of a lawsuit by seven corporate agriculture interest groups against the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to halt the extension of a public comment period on a proposed mega-dairy expansion in Winona County, Minnesota. The suit highlights broader efforts by agribusiness to silence opposition from rural residents who speak out against large concentrated animal feeding operations in their communities. Her story from Food & Power, re-published on The Fern, is available here.

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Workers Fear Injury as Administration Clears Way for Faster Chicken Slaughter

Date Published: November 7, 2018

Open Markets Food & Power reporter Claire Kelloway published a story on Civil Eats about how the Trump administration cleared the way for chicken plants to increase their processing line speeds from 140 birds per minute to 175 birds per minute. The change deals a blow to workers and reverses the efforts of labor and animal welfare advocates, who fought to halt poultry line speed increases in 2014.

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After Florence, Small Farmers Face Major Hurdles to Federal Relief

Date Published: October 5, 2018

Federal crop insurance and livestock indemnity programs mainly serve larger, industrial farms. After a disaster like Hurricane Florence, where do small farmers turn? Open Markets Food & Power reporter Claire Kelloway published a story on Civil Eats highlighting the damage done to farmers after Hurricane Florence and how the Federal crop insurance is failing small farmers.

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These 11 Companies Control Everything About the Fourth of July

Date Published: July 4, 2018

In an article for Vice, Open Markets Food & Power reporter Claire Kelloway explains why from hot dogs to beer to chips and even charcoal, you don’t have much of a choice in whom you pay to celebrate. Even though the average grocery store carries tens of thousands of products, Americans’ Independence Day shopping dollars overwhelmingly go to a tiny number of enormous companies.

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