How the Lack of Parity Supports Industrial Livestock Production

Siena Chrisman Economic Justice, Environmental Resilience

The end of parity pricing and supply management farm programs was a huge boon for agribusiness, particularly the meat industry. As the farm programs were dismantled, farmer grain prices fell to well under the cost of production, giving the meatpacking industry access to below-cost feed grain. Cheap feed was – and still is – a critical component of industrial confinement-based meat production.

Parity Basics: What Parity Is and Is Not

George Naylor Economic Justice, Farmer Voices on Parity, History of Parity

Parity: Re-Establishing the Human Relationship with Nature Through Community-Based Family-Scale Farms

Patti Naylor Economic Justice, Farmer Voices on Parity, History of Parity

US Interventionism, Climate Change and Organizing Low-Wage Food Chain Workers: An Interview with Jose Oliva

Jose Oliva Economic Justice, Racial Equity

Dairy Together: Building a Farmer-Led Movement for Supply Management

Sarah E. Lloyd Economic Justice, Farmer Voices on Parity

Restoring Parity and Reducing Ecological Impacts through Agricultural Price Floors

Amanda Claire Starbuck Economic Justice, Environmental Resilience

A hallmark of New Deal era agricultural programs, price floors were eliminated along with other supply management tools over the second half of the 20th century. Absence of price floors drives down farm income and encourages overproduction – a vicious cycle with numerous externalities, from environmental degradation and agricultural intensification to supplying factory farms with cheap feed. Reinstating price floors is an essential step in restoring farm income and addressing these externalities.