Monday, December 06, 2010

Join Us in D.C Tomorrow—Confronting Corporate Control Over Our Food: A Farmer and Consumer Forum

AliciaAs we’ve talked about quite a bit this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of Justice (DOJ) have been holding an unprecedented series of workshops examining the control that a handful of corporations have over our entire food system. Most of what matters about food safety, access to affordable, healthy food and the reason why so many family farmers still struggle to get by is the direct result of the stranglehold these corporations have on every link of the food chain.

If you’re in the Greater D.C.-Metro area, please join us for a special event to show solidarity with family farmers and learn more about how corporate control impacts consumers:

Confronting Corporate Control Over Our Food: A Farmer and Consumer Forum
Tuesday, December 7th
5-6:30pm, Supper from the Family Farm
6:30-8pm, Forum
The Methodist Building at 100 Maryland Ave NE, Washington DC (next to the Supreme Court)
RSVP to nffc@nffc.net

The event will feature an educational panel of farmer and consumer leaders who will introduce attendees to the DOJ/USDA antitrust workshop process, talk in depth about the impact corporate control has had on the lives of farmers and eaters and offer space for a “Community Speak-Out.”

The next day, Wednesday, December 8th, the DOJ and USDA will hold the final antitrust workshop—a workshop focusing on how corporate concentration affects the difference between consumer food prices and what farmers are paid for their goods. We encourage those in the area to attend this important workshop as well. You can register for the event here.

We hope you will join us tomorrow evening or at the Wednesday workshop itself (or, better yet, both!) to show USDA and DOJ that all of us who eat care about a fair food system and demand meaningful action against bad corporate players.

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