The Ag Hearings Are Over — Is That All There Is? (By Regina Weiss – Huffington Post)
EXCERPT: There was excitement in the sustainable food community and trepidation among at least some Agribusiness CEOs back in 2009 when Attorney General Eric Holder and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a year-long public look at antitrust issues in farming and food production. Those hearings, or workshops as the agencies called them, came to an end last week in Washington, DC. All told, more than 15,000 farmers, advocacy groups, and businesses submitted written comments. Hundreds of people attended each of the five public hearings held around the country since March. Now the question is whether any political will exists to strengthen regulations and enforce the antitrust laws that are supposed to protect Americans against unfair business practices.