Sending Office: Honorable Mark Pocan
Sent By:
Alicia.Molt-West@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Cosponsor the Food and Agribusiness Merger Moratorium and Antitrust Review Act

Introduced in the House by: Reps. Pocan, Pingree, Kaptur, Khanna, Ellison, DeLauro

Introduced in the Senate by Sen. Cory Booker

 

Dear Colleague;

Please consider cosponsoring the Food and Agribusiness Merger Moratorium and Antitrust Review Act (H.R. 6800).

 

This legislation is the companion to a
bill
recently introduced by Sen. Cory Booker.  The bill would impose a temporary moratorium on mergers and acquisitions between large farm, food, and grocery companies, and also
establish a commission to strengthen antitrust enforcement in the agribusiness industry.

 

In just the past two years, chemical and seed company acquisitions and mergers have resulted in just three companies controlling two-thirds of the crop seed market. Over the last 30 years, market concentration has grown to the extent where the four largest
multinational corporations have gained control of 71% of the pork market, 85% of the beef market, and 90% of the grain market.

 

This consolidation made it so just a handful of firms control prices at every stage of the food chain, from farming to distribution.
As big agribusiness continues to expand, farmers’ share of profits continue to drop. Over the past 5 years, net income for U.S. Farmers has dropped by more than half.
By placing a moratorium on big ag mergers, we are allowing local farmers and food systems to compete while also allowing consumers greater market transparency.

 

Big Agriculture exercises an enormous influence over our food system which prioritizes profits at the expense of food safety, the environment, and local farmers.

To support this legislation, please contact Alicia Molt West in Rep. Pocan’s office.

 

Sincerely,

Mark Pocan

Member of Congress

 

Supported by the following groups:

ActionAid USA

Agriculture and Land Based Training Association (CA)

Alabama Contract Poultry Growers Association

Alaska Farmers Union

Alliance for Democracy

American Agriculture Movement

American Grassfed Association

Animal Wellness Action

Appetite for Change (MN)

Arkansas Farmers Union

Beyond Pesticides

California Dairy Campaign

California Farmers Union

Campaign for Contract Agriculture Reform

Campaign for Family Farms and the Environment

Cattle Producers of Louisiana

Center for Food Safety

Church Women United in New York State

Community Farm Alliance (KY)

Consumer Federation of America

Contract Poultry Growers Association of the Virginias

The Cornucopia Institute

Crawford Stewardship Project (WI)

Dakota Rural Action (SD)

Dallas Farmers Market Friends

Equal Exchange

Family Farm Action

Family Farm Defenders (WI)

Farm Aid

Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance

Farm Women United

Farmworker Association of Florida

Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund

Food & Water Watch

Food Chain Workers Alliance

Food First

Food for Maine’s Future

Food Policy Council of San Antonio

Friends of the Earth U.S.

Government Accountability Project

GROW North Texas

HEAL Food Alliance

Idaho Organization of Resource Councils

Illinois Farmers Union

Illinois Stewardship Alliance

Independent Cattlemen of Wyoming

Indian Nations Conservation Alliance

Indiana Farmers Union

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

The Institute for Rural America (IA)

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement

Iowa Farmers Union

Jefferson County Farmers & Neighbors, Inc. (IA)

Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (MD)

Kansas Farmers Union

The Land Connection (IL)

Land Stewardship Project (MN)

Michigan Farmers Union

Midwest Environmental Advocates (WI)

Midwest Organic Dairy Producers Association

Minnesota Farmers Union

Minnesota National Farmers Organization

Missouri Farmers Union

Missouri National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Missouri National Farmers Organization

Missouri Rural Crisis Center

Montana Farmers Union

National Family Farm Coalition

National Farmers Organization

National Farmers Union

National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association

National Organic Coalition

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

National Women Involved in Farm Economics

Nature Abounds

Nebraska Farmers Union

New England Farmers Union (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

North Dakota Farmers Union

Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance

Northeast Organic Farming Assoc. – MA

Northeast Organic Farming Assoc. – NH

Northeast Organic Farming Assoc. – NJ

Northeast Organic Farming Assoc. – NY

Northeast Organic Farming Assoc. – VT

Northern Plains Resource Council (MT)

Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (MA)

Ohio Conference on Fair Trade

Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association

Ohio Farmers Union

Oklahoma Independent Stockgrowers Association

Oklahoma Stewardship Council

Organic Farmers’ Agency for Relationship Marketing (OFARM)

Organic Seed Alliance

Organic Seed Growers & Trade Association (OSGATA)

Organization for Competitive Markets

PCC Community Markets (WA)

Pennsylvania Farmers Union

Powder River Basin Resource Council (WY)

R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union

Rural Advancement Foundation International – USA (RAFI-USA)

Rural Coalition/Coalición Rural

Rural Development Leadership Network (NY)

Rural Vermont

SiX Action

Slow Food Dallas-Ft. Worth

South Dakota Farmers Union

Southern Colorado Livestock Association

Utah Farmers Union

Western Colorado Alliance

Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC)

Wisconsin Farmers Union

Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom—U.S. Section

 

 

 

 

 

 

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