Feds to hold workshops on ‘competition issues’ in agriculture

We're not the only skeptics. The same day that Ethicurean Marc gave his skeptical analysis of a General Accounting Office report finding no harm from the growing (ha-ha) power of a very few agribiz companies, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Agriculture announced plans to conduct workshops in early 2010 "to explore competition issues" in the industry.  We say it's about time, and we'll watch for the promised list of times and places. The departments are also looking for input on numerous related topics such as the effects of agricultural regulatory statutes or other applicable laws and programs on competition, how patent and intellectual property affects agricultural marketing or production, and contracting practices, with a deadline of December 31. (U.S. Department of Justice.  Thanks to Tom Laskawy of Beyond Green and Grist.)

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