It’s a farmer and consumer emergency–for every dollar, Americans spend on groceries, farmers are now receiving less than 15 cents, the smallest portion since the U.S. Department of Agriculture began tracking this data in 1993. Studies have shown that the consolidation of U.S. markets, in any sector, has always been at “the expense of consumers, workers, and independent retailers and producers.”
The potential merger of Kroger and Albertsons would amass up to 15% of the market, second only to Walmart, which controls 27% of the market.
Our goal and policies should always work to create a food industry that reflects diversity, regionalism, and fairness for the betterment of family farmers and consumers alike.