Supporting Family Farming in the Age of Monopoly with Joe Maxwell (Episode 33)

Date: 16 Nov 2017 | posted in: agriculture, Building Local Power | 0 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestmail

Joe Maxwell of the Organization for Competitive Markets details how our economy is tilted against family farms and rural communities, and how he’s working to build a political movement to change that.… Read More

This Ag Economist Preached Bigger is Better. Now He Says the Evidence Favors Small Farms. (Episode 32)

John Ikerd, an agricultural economist, sits down with Stacy Mitchell to discuss the consolidation of our food system and why he supports family farms as opposed to corporate mega-farms.… Read More

ILSR Raises Up Urban Farms with Community Compost in Baltimore and D.C.

Date: 30 Jun 2017 | posted in: agriculture, Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestmail

In 2014, ILSR’s Composting for Community Initiative launched the Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders (NSR) composter training program to teach community leaders how to compost on a small-scale for local food production and to adapt the rigor of commercial composting industry practices to the small scale.… Read More

Packers and Stockyard Act

Date: 20 Nov 2008 | posted in: agriculture | 1 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestmail

The Packers and Stockyards Act passed in 1921 to maintain competition in the livestock industry.

TheAct contains provisions banning price discrimination, the manipulation of prices, weight manipulation of livestock or carcasses, manipulation of carcass grades, commercial bribery, and misrepresentation of source, condition, or quality of livestock, in addition to other unfair and deceptive practices. The importance of the law has increased as concentration in the livestock industry continues to grow dramatically.

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Corporate Ownership Limitations

Date: 20 Nov 2008 | posted in: agriculture | 2 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestmail

Corporate owned farms tend to be large-scale operations that produce food for consumers who are widely dispersed geographically. They are also operations whose profits are more likely to end up in corporate headquarters than back in the local economy. And when corporate farming expands, those who farm the land become tenants rather than independent producers.… Read More

Cooperative Ownership

Date: 20 Nov 2008 | posted in: agriculture | 0 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestmail

Increasingly, a small handful of corporations control inputs, credit, elevators, processing facilities, and markets necessary to grow and distribute agricultural products. Since the last half of the 19th century, farmer owned cooperatives have provided farmers a stronger presence in the marketplace and greater bargaining power to control the costs of inputs and the value of outputs. These new forms of agricultural cooperatives are commonly referred to as "value-added coops" or "new generation coops." In 1994, 2,200 marketing coops sold 31 percent of all U.S. farm commodities and 29 percent of the nation’s farm supplies.… Read More

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