After my earlier rant against the CEO of Pilgrim's Pride, I received an insightful email from a friend in North Carolina who has an upfront and
personal view on how changes in the poultry industry are impacting
local communities and farmers. Hopefully on Monday I'll have something
directly from him to post on the blog. I'm looking forward to it.
As the implications of biofuels, particularly ethanol, have become
clear, the opposition to federal mandates and subsidies has ramped up.
The latest is a hope expressed by Pilgrim's Pride
CEO Clint Rivers, who is looking for a "groundswell of opposition"
against expensive food he claims is the result of ethanol subsidies.
Pilgrim's Pride is the largest chicken producer in the country, and has
been hit hard by the increased cost of corn:
Over 550 people gathered in Columbus, Nebraska on February 27th, 2008 for the Center for Rural Affairs' second annual, Marketplace: Opening Doors to Success. It’s the only entrepreneurial conference of its kind in Nebraska and surrounding states.
Another interesting response on the planting prohibition issue, one
that is worth reading if only for the history, arrived courtesy of the
Faceless Bureaucrat. In my opinion, every new programmatic idea for
USDA thought up by us policy wonks should be sent to the Faceless
Bureaucrat (a long time USDA employee) to see if it is actually
feasible to implement on the ground. Anyway, after informing us that
the planting prohibition was one of the unintended consequences of new