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Leah Douglas

Policy Analyst & Reporter

Leah Douglas is a policy analyst & reporter with the Open Markets Institute, where she researches power consolidation and monopolization in the food and agriculture industry. She is interested in the intersections of race, gender, and class as they pertain to labor, access, and justice in the food system.

Prior to joining New America, Douglas was marketing manager at Wholeshare, where she helped build local food infrastructure across New York State. She has written about food policy issues for several years and has held many jobs within the food system. She has a BA in food studies from Brown University.

Latest Work


How Rural America Got Milked

Date Published: January 29, 2018

Leah Douglas published an article in Washington Monthly explaining how corporate-run agricultural co-ops are squeezing the very farmers they’re supposed to protect.

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Made from Concentrate

Date Published: October 2, 2017

Four companies decide what meat you eat, two choose what milk you buy, and soon only one will determine what beer you drink. Are we all fine with that?

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Monsanto-Bayer mega-deal a nightmare for America?

Date Published: May 23, 2016

Bayer’s announcement that it intends to buy Monsanto, the world’s largest seed producer, shocked farmers and consumers alike. The deal could have a profound — and negative — effect.

Seed prices could rise for farmers, consumers could see more genetically engineered foods on supermarket shelves, and our global agricultural system could end up depending on just a few companies to meet a high percentage of the world’s agricultural needs.

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