Reforming America’s Food Retail Markets

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The Thurman Arnold Project at Yale (TAP @ Yale), the Information Society Project (ISP), and the Yale Sustainable Food Program (YSFP) were delighted to co-host “Reforming America’s Food Retail Markets.” With the support and partnership of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the conference explored how antitrust enforcement and competition policy can improve food retail markets in America. The conference was held on Saturday, March 12, 2022. 

Conference Guide: Agenda, Abstracts & Biographies

Recorded Conference Presentations

Final Report

Special Online Series of the Yale Law & Policy Review

Sponsoring organizations

The Information Society Project (ISP) is an intellectual center at Yale Law School, founded in 1997 by Professor Jack Balkin. Over the past 20 years, the ISP has grown from a handful of people gathering to discuss internet governance into an international community working to illuminate the complex relationships between law, technology, and society.

The Thurman Arnold Project (TAP) launched in fall 2019 in response to the growing interest in competition enforcement from scholars, students, and the general public. The project is named in honor of Thurman Arnold, Yale Law Professor and head of the Antitrust Division from 1938-43, to capture the intellectual and enforcement tradition he represented, as well as his zeal for achieving competitive markets for the people of the United States. The project was founded by Professor Fiona Scott Morton, an economist at the School of Management, and is designed to bring together Yale scholars and students who are interested in antitrust to engage with one another and create rigorous antitrust research and policy, disseminate it, and enable links to enforcement and regulatory policy.

The Yale Sustainable Food Program (YSFP) serves as a cross-disciplinary hub for research and teaching on food systems at Yale. YSFP staff and students operate the Yale Farm on the main campus, bringing field-based practical experience into courses on subjects ranging from anthropology to zoology. YSFP staff work to develop new instructional materials, courses, and practicum opportunities that engage Yale students with current concepts and controversies affecting food and agriculture today. The program offers a range of stipends and fellowships for domestic and international travel and study, and increasingly works as a collaborator in multi-institution research networks. In partnership with international collaborators, the YSFP is currently researching the varied social, economic, and political implications associated with the adoption of new information technologies into farming and agri-food supply chains.

Supporting partners

The conference is supported, in part, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) through a partnership between the AMS and TAP. The topics and views should not, however, be construed to represent any official USDA or U.S. Government determination or policy. 

Conference Organizer
Austin Frerick

Conference Assistants
David Townley 
Jack McCordick


Please contact Austin Frerick with questions: arfrerick at or @AustinFrerick..

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