Farm and Food News

Corporate Farming Notes

Last month I reported on a spill from the mega-dairy that is under development by A.J. Bos near Nora, Illinois.

Give Thanks for Local Farms, Fresh Food

What is a regional food system? It's a way to build a strong food system that connects people with good food from a known source and builds wealth and relationships at the same time by satisfying the nationally escalating interest in locally grown food. Put more simply, it connects farmers to consumers.

Packers Scurry for Cover

For decades a handful of corporations have dominated the American food system. The rapid trend toward vertical integration, further exacerbates the economic concentration in packing, processing and production already in existence. As the livestock sector has become extremely concentrated and integrated, packers and processors increasingly control production at all stages. Packer ownership of livestock (vertical integration) is driving the economic nightmare and environmental catastrophe of concentrated, industrial livestock production.

Bigger Isn't Better

By Steph Larsen

Everybody these days seems to love the idea of family farmers and ranchers, and most consumers would argue that livestock producers deserve a fair price for what they sell.

Big livestock producers shouldn't get paid more just for being big.

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