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Unleash Food Democracy: Taking on Corporate Power in our Food Supply

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Unleash Food Democracy:  Taking on Corporate Power in our Food Supply

Town Hall Meeting                                                         

Thursday, March 11, 7:00pm

Best Western Hotel, 133 SE Delaware Ave., Ankeny IA

Take I-35 to Exit 92, west on 1st St., south on Delaware  Ave.

Did you know that a handful of multinational corporations – corporate giants like Cargill, Dupont-Pioneer, Monsanto, Smithfield, Swift, Tyson, and Wal-Mart – control our food system and determine what kind of food you can buy and how farmers can produce it? It’s true. Decades of bad farm policy and unchecked corporate mergers have driven independent family farmers out of business and created powerful corporate factory farms and agribusiness giants that dominate the market.

How bad is it?

 –          More than 85 percent of U.S. beef cattle are slaughtered by just four companies.

–          Two companies control more than half of U.S. corn seed.

–          One company controls 40% of the U.S. fluid milk supply.

–          Five corporations dominate the grocery sector, ensuring that low prices paid to farmers aren’t passed along to consumers at the store.

This lack of competition in agricultural markets impacts farmers and consumers.  With fewer players involved at every step in the food chain, consumers pay more, farmers get paid less, and the corporate giants’ share of the retail dollar continues to climb.

Unleash food democracy and take on corporate power in our food system

On Friday, March 12, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) will hold an anti-trust hearing in Ankeny on corporate concentration and lack of competition in agriculture. While their panels seek “balance”, they will be hearing from too many corporate special interests and not enough independent family farmers. That’s why you should join us for the People’s Anti-trust Hearing on Thursday, March 11 at 7pm.

Join us to ensure the voices of family farmers and consumers are heard loud and clear!

Thursday, March 11 at 7 pm (the night before the USDA/DOJ hearing): 

–          Hear from farmers, leaders and experts in the national food democracy movement

–          Special  invited guests include top officials from the USDA and DOJ and Iowa’s Congressional delegation, including Senators Harkin and Grassley

–          Join us at this exciting meeting to demand that USDA and DOJ take immediate action to reduce corporate control of our food system and put people first 

Seating is limited! To reserve your space, follow this link:  http://www.capwiz.com/iowacci/issues/alert/?alertid=14728816  or call the CCI headquarters at 515-282-0484 or email iowacci@iowacci.org.

Unleash Food Democracy:  Taking on Corporate Power in our Food Supply

Town Hall Meeting

Thursday, March 11, 7:00pm

Best Western Hotel, 133 SE Delaware Ave., Ankeny IA

Take I-35 to Exit 92, west on 1st St., south on Delaware  Ave.

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Dave Andrews

Senior Representative

Food & Water Watch

1616 P Street NW, Suite 300

Washington, DC 20036

http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/

dandrews@fwwatch.org

IOWA:Krause Campaign: Statement for workshop on monopolistic practices in agriculture

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3/4/2010

STATEMENT BY BOB KRAUSE

Democratic Candidate, United States Senate

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Senate candidate Bob Krause releases prepared

statement for workshop on monopolistic practices

The following is a statement prepared by Bob Krause concerning Monopoly Practices in Agriculture that he has prepared for submission to the Joint DOJ/USDA Workshop to be held March 12 in Ankeny, Iowa:

Thank you for this opportunity to make a statement concerning the topics of “seed technology, vertical integration, market transparency and buyer power” before this workshop. My direct concern for this workshop is that something be done to curtail monopoly practices that have build up in the agricultural seed business. More

Smuggler’s Blues: S510…I always wanted to be a pirate!

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From:  Slicker & Bibs

Gotta love these smucks who write this stuff, they are getting smoother.  Bottom line is that once passed the bill sets into motion an unknown quagmire of consensus building with respect to small direct market operations, places the university extension services as a educational venue. The same bunch that has misdirected farmers for generations and has led to the ultimate demise of this country’s ability to be self sustaining in food production. The selection of these group members will certainly be based on arse kissing individuals who would willingly sell their souls to the devil for a place at the stakeholder’s table.  More

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