In regards to today’s Presidential panel on food system reform:
Building any new plants or expansion of existing plants is a fools game without a fair, open and competitive market. New facilities, and new investments in existing facilities, are already in trouble as consumers have returned to big box stores and big food service supplied independent, fast food, and chain restaurants. What school districts and institutions are buying local? Which government associated, or any kind of government influenced entities, from town, to city, to federal, are buying local? Break up the monopoly power first, invest in market access, and the plants will be built with very little, if any, government cash.
Why are the organizations claiming to represent family farmers and ranchers so averse to saying – there is no market?
An example of investing in reliable community-based market access for both producers and consumers:
See: Let’s Meat – Challenges & opportunities in small and mid-scale meat and poultry processing
Howdy Mike – right on!
Thanks Mike. Love this and all your work on behalf of small producers. Bless you!