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January 16 Saturday

Big Ag & Antitrust: Competition Policy for a Sustainable and Humane Food System

  • Saturday, January 16, 2021 (All Day)
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Register as an attendee here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/big-ag-antitrust-competition-policy-for-the-food-system-tickets-122698150471

The Thurman Arnold Project at Yale (TAP@Yale) and the Law, Ethics & Animals Program (LEAP) at Yale Law School are delighted to announce “Big Ag & Antitrust: Competition Policy for a Sustainable and Humane Food System,” a virtual conference on the role and power of antitrust and competition law and policy in shaping the American food system. The conference will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2021. 

For more information (including how to submit an abstract for the conference), please consult the LEAP webpage.


About the conference: 

Since the mid-20th century, a handful of corporations have grown to dominate America’s farm and food sectors. Today, the country’s four largest pork producers, beef producers, soybean processors, and wet corn processors control over 70 percent of their respective markets. Four companies control 90 percent of the global grain trade. Agrochemical, seed, and many consumer product industries are likewise now controlled by just a few mega-sized firms. The implications of these corporations’ consolidated market power -- and in turn their consolidated political power -- are profound for people, animals, the environment, and our democracy alike. 

The aim of this conference is to explore the role of antitrust and competition policy in creating America’s food system and its potential for improving it. We hope the conference will help spark future research, heightened enforcement attention, and new ideas for policy reforms toward achieving more competitive, sustainable, and humane agriculture markets. The conference strives to serve as a focal point for academics, enforcers, policymakers, practitioners, journalists, and beyond to convene and share ideas for how to jointly address concentration in agriculture. 

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Law, Ethics & Animals Program
Thurman Arnold Project at Yale