|CORPORATE AGRIBUSINESS RESEARCH PROJECT
P.O. BOX 2201
Everett, WA 98203-0201
The Corporate Agribusiness Research Project (CARP) is a public interest project reinstituted in 1996, and seeks to provide a central, accurate and in-depth source of information on corporate agribusiness's economic, social and environmental impacts on family farmers, rural communities, ecosystems and consumers.
Corporate agribusiness operates today in a highly technical maze of self-serving practices, government regulations, international trade agreements and complicated scientific, economic and legal practices. At the same time many grassroots rural and consumer public interest organizations lack the fiscal resources to conduct on their own the specialized research necessary to understand the labyrinthian implications of corporate mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, applicable state and federal laws, and increasingly inadequate assessed technologies and inventions which threaten biodiversity. This leave family farm, rural and consumer advocates frequently at a disadvantage in analyzing and challenging the economic, social and environmental policies of corporate agribusiness.
By providing these advocates with the necessary corporate agribusiness economic, legal and technical research, the CARP seeks to make it possible for family farm, sustainable agriculture and consumer grassroots organizations to focus on what they do best: educating the public and organizing campaigns for environmentally responsible and economically and socially just corporate accountability practices in agribusiness.
CARP offers a range of technical assistance that includes research, public education materials and tools, lectures and trainings. It will seek to make the findings of its research and analysis free or available at a nominal cost to policy makers, scholars, and --- most important of all --- citizen activists! It will continually evaluate and analyze a wide range of industry, government and other date to illuminate, for example:
* the impacts of mergers, acquisitions and strategic alliances on family farmers, consumers, agricultural and food markets and sustainable agriculture;
* corporate contributions to state and national officeholders and the potential impact of such contributions on current and future domestic and foreign agricultural policies;
* the impact of specific corporate agribusinesses on local and regional economies and ecosystems, and
* the status of relevant state anti-corporate farming laws and state and federal anti-trust laws, and upcoming technology trends and associated environmental and human health issues.
CARP will work with family farm, rural and consumer and biodiversity advocates on local, regional and nationwide levels to create a coordinated public education strategy in an effort to keep the economic and environmental impacts of corporate agribusiness, its practices and its favored technologies in the public eye and publicly accountable. Education and outreach efforts stressing democratic control and horizontal communication will include activities such as:
> using the Internet to disseminate information on corporate agribusiness and corporate farm and and food technology,
> make available a weekly e-mail newsletter --- The Agribusiness Examiner --- and an occasional online edition of The Agbiz Tiller, which will be aimed at family farmers and public policy makers, the news media, and others;
> researching traditional media (newspapers, magazines, radio and television) through news releases, op-ed pieces and commentaries;
> compiling and distributing a wide range of outreach materials, such as fact sheets, brochures, bibliographies and multi-media presentations;
> training citizen activisits to work effectively with the news media, and
> providing technical assistance to investigative journalists.
Directing the Corporate Agribusiness Research Project will be A.V. Krebs (see 'Resume'). Written endorsements recommending the past and present work of its director and CARP have come from numerous family farm, rural life, church and sustainable agriculture advocates, including the Nebraska Farmers Union, National Family Farm Coalition, the Canadian National Farmers Union, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, National Contract Poultry Growers Association, Rural Advancement Fund International, North American Farm Alliance, National Catholic Rural Life Conference, the Council on Ministries of the Iowa Conference-United Methodist Church, and the Alliance for Democracy.