Claire Kelloway is a senior researcher-reporter for the Open Markets Institute and the lead writer for Food & Power.
How private carbon payment programs are giving commodity buyers precious information used to squeeze farmers.
Prominent news outlets are echoing this magazine’s longtime crusade against monopolism in the poultry industry. Now, Cargill and Continental Grain seek further consolidation.
It could spell the end of prohibitions on repairing farm equipment, imposing non-compete clauses, and other Big Ag abuses.
Packers have been attacked by ransomware, but the larger feedlot-to-plate problem is a lack of competitiveness.
These workers face low wages, lousy conditions, and a monopoly system that puts the squeeze on them.