USDA Must Bring Transparency to Poultry Pricing
Washington, D.C. — The American Economic Liberties Project today released the following statement in response to a new proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that would enhance enforcement of the Packers and Stockyards Act and require meatpackers to be more transparent in their dealings with contract farmers.
“Bringing transparency to poultry pricing is important and we applaud the Biden Administration for addressing this issue,” said J.D. Scholten, Senior Advisor at the American Economic Liberties Project. “However, the current tournament system ultimately benefits multinational meatpacking corporations while squeezing farmers, ranchers, and consumers alike. The USDA must fully enforce the Packers and Stockyards Act and should break up the four dominant multinational companies — Tyson, JBS, Perdue, and Sanderson — that control more than half of the market in chicken processing and return power to farmers, workers, and consumers.”
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