The Council on Food, Agricultural, and Resource Economics (C-FARE), a
professional society of agricultural economists, held a symposium last May
entitled "The Industrialization of Agriculture: Policy, Research, and
Education Needs." The major points and/or issues discussed at the
meeting are summarized in a brief paper with the same title. Included in
the summary are views on the forces shaping industrialization; a public
policy perspective on current and future farm policy; some potential
implications for the environment, rural communities and citizens, food
safety, agribusiness, and production agriculture.
If you are interested in receiving a copy, please send me your snail-mail
address and I would be happy to send you one.
Tracy Irwin Hewitt
C-FARE Washington, D.C. Representative
Tel: (301) 441-8777
Wallace Institute for Alt. Ag.
On Tue, 25 Apr 1995, Isao Fujimoto wrote:
> Dear SANETters,
> Could you help me with leads to sources and your own
> thoughts on a topic that often comes my way , especially from visitors from
> other countries. These are from people active in community action, coops,
> consumer groups who want to know
> " What is going on with American Agriculture- what are the trends,
> main areas undergoing change,and what do different
> people(public as well as producers) think about all of this?"
> For starters, there are major moves towards centralization(the big
> getting bigger, corporations moving into value added products like
> producing salad mixes , etc to get more of the consumer food dollar). At
> the same time the trend towards niche markets, sustainable produce ,
> farmer's markets which help the producer retain more of the consumer dollar
> continues to grow.
> Thanks for your feedback,
> Isao Fujimoto