This Friday will be an historic day. For the first time, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Agriculture (USDA) have acknowledged that corporations may have a stranglehold on our food and agricultural system. Specifically, this Friday they will be asking the question: Do companies like Monsanto and DuPont have a monopoly on the seed industry? This is indeed a turning point.
However, enthusiasm has quickly turned to frustration as the listening sessions around food and agricultural monopoly abuses, the first one here in Iowa, have been dominated by more corporate and government interests than voices of family farmers and rural America.
So we thought that it was time to hold our own “listening session”, for the People and for the Farmers.
Along with leading voices in agricultural, family farm, consumer and labor groups around the country, we are gathering to hear from people like YOU.
Can you join us for the People’s Antitrust Hearing this Thursday in Ankeny, Iowa at 7 pm?
Why do we need the DOJ and USDA to investigate antitrust violations in agriculture?
Lack of competition in food and agricultural markets negatively impacts farmers and consumers.
Decades of biased farm policy and unchecked corporate mergers have driven independent family farmers out of business and created powerful corporate factory farms and agribusiness giants that now dominate the market. Today our food system is controlled by only a handful of multinational corporations – corporate giants like Monsanto, Dupont, Cargill, Tyson and Smithfield. Without little or no competition, these giants determine what kind of food you buy and how farmers produce it.
On Friday, March 12, the DOJ/USDA will hold an antitrust hearing in Ankeny on issues of competition in agriculture to determine if there’s enough evidence to investigate agribusiness giants in the U.S. constitute unfair monopolies.
Join us Thursday, March 11 at 7 pm
(the night before the DOJ/USDA hearing) to ensure the voices of family farmers and consumers are heard!
Seating is limited. To reserve your space, please RSVP Food Democracy Now! at:
UNLEASH FOOD DEMOCRACY
When: Thursday, March 11, 7:00pm
Where: Best Western Hotel, 133 SE Delaware
Ave., Ankeny IA
To get there: Take I-35 to Exit 92, west on 1st St.,
south on Delaware Ave.
What: Unleash Food Democracy: Taking on Corporate Power in our Food System townhall meeting
Where: Best Western Hotel in Ankeny, IA
When: Thursday, March 11, 7pm
Why: To bust up big ag and put people before profits and polluters
The townhall meeting on March 11 – the night before the DOJ/USDA anti-trust workshop on March 12 – is meant to ensure that the voices of family farmers, consumers, organized labor, and everyday people are heard and will feature testimony from leaders in the national food democracy movement, including:
- Barb Kalbach, a fourth-generation family farmer and Iowa CCI member from Dexter, Iowa;
- George Naylor, a grain farmer and Iowa CCI member from Churdan, Iowa;
- Paul Rozwadowski, a dairy farmer and National Family Farms Coalition member from Stanley, Wisconsin;
- Rhonda Perry, a livestock farmer with the Missouri Rural Crisis Center;
- Patty Lovera of Food and Water Watch;
- Sienna Chrisman of World Hunger Year; and
- Mark Lauritsen from the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.
John Moreland, a staffer from Senator Tom Harkin’s office, and Fred Schuster, a staffer from Senator Chuck Grassley’s office, will join hundreds of people from across Iowa and the US at the townhall meeting along with invited DOJ and USDA staff. The majority of the townhall meeting will be devoted to a public comment period.
Event organized and sponsored by: Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Food & Water, National Family Farm Coalition and Food Democracy Now!
We look forward to seeing you there,
Dave, Lisa and The Food Democracy Now! Team
To attend Friday’s historic DOJ/USDA hearing you can click on the link below to register: