Resnikoff Reviews Two Food Industry Books

Nov 04 2014
Commentaries

AAI Advisory Board member Don Resnikoff reviews Christopher Leonard’s The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business and Wenonah Hauter's Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America. Both books describe the business of American agriculture as dominated by large wholesale and retail companies that misuse farmers and consumers, while the government stands by and does little to help. Resnikoff says the authors advocate stronger government action against the big companies, including policy reform to increase the number of competitors in the business of distributing farm products. Both believe that current antitrust enforcement and relevant legislative mechanisms work poorly. Some of their reform proposals are specific and familiar to antitrust enforcers, such as more vigorous merger enforcement, while others are less specific and beyond the scope of current antitrust enforcement.  

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