"This is a book filled not merely with fact, but with the spirit of Thomas Jefferson, Shay's Rebellion, The Wizard of Oz, Mary Ellen Lease, Upton Sinclair, Woody Guthrie, Cesar Chavez and Willie Nelson. It's a big book about justice, and it speaks the truth. Al Krebs has poured his life's work into this volume, and it's a work well worth the telling. The Corporate Reapers will inform you, anger you, broaden your vision and --- I hope --- fire you up for reform."

    --- Jim Hightower, Former Texas State Agricultural Commissioner

 



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"In my 57 years of farming and as a farm activist and even longer as a youngster spending hours listening to farm activists debate and plan actions of the Farm Holiday in the early 1930's, I have never seen a better documented book on the history and meaning of farm struggles than The Corporate Reapers. It is an important book to have at your side as a reference book to,pencil out important quotes, facts and figures or articles. It is an `operators manual' that every person interested in farm, food and land policy needs if we are going to build a national and world community rather than a market, which in the final analysis is choosing whether we are going to live together or die together. It all starts with farm and food policy."

    --- Merle Hansen, President Emeritus, North American Farm Alliance

 

"A vertible almanac of information, The Corporate Reapers details how multinational agribusiness has worked to destroy the family farm. Krebs explains that the decline of the family farm is not the result of the interplay of market forces, but rather of the price fixing and anti-competitive policies of Cargill, Continental and ConAgra and their allies. The book is a valuable resource for both farmers and consumers who have an interest in preserving the availability of affordable and safe food."

    --- Ralph Nader, Consumer Advocate

 

THE CORPORATE REAPERS: THE BOOK OF AGRIBUSINESS

INTRODUCTION: America's Permanent Agricultural Crisis

America's Permanent Agricultural Crisis . . . . . 15

1. Where Have All the Farmers Gone . . . . . 23

2. Corporate America's Food Fight: Who Wins? Who Loses? Guess . . . . . 35

SECTION ONE; Eliminating "Biologic Variables"

3. A Rural Bloodletting . . . . . 45

4. Sweet Land of Opportunity . . . . . 57

5. Trapped on the Technological Treadmill . . . . . 73

6. Killing the Environment . . . . . 85

SECTION TWO: Controlling Our Food From "Seedling to Supermarket"

7. Living With the "Vicissitudes of the Market" . . . . . 101

8. What Is This Thing Called Food? . . . . . 111

9. "Every Trip to the Grocery Store --- A Crap Shoot" . . . . . 123

SECTION THREE: The Evolution of a Policy

10. Breaking the Plains . . . . . 139

11. A Populism Born and Bred in Agraian Revolt . . . . . 145

12. Agriculture's "Golden Years" . . . . . 155

13. An "Interplay of Economic Forces" . . . . . 163

14. Fighting for "Equality for Agriculture" . . . . . 169

15. "Oh Say to Him, Stuff and Nonsense" . . . . . 175

16. A "New and Untrod Path" . . . . . 181

17. Liberty vs Paternalism . . . . . 189

18. War and Peace . . . . . 197

19. Peace and War . . . . . 203

20. "Adapt or Die" . . . . . 211

21. "New Frontiers" and New Challenges . . . . . 221

22. Ifs, Ands and Butz . . . . . 229

SECTION FOUR: Communities of Economic Interests

23. Farmers As Barriers to the Destructuring of Democracy . . . . . 241

24. Say! Say! USDA! What Have You Done Today? . . . . . 253

25. Taxpayer Dollars Underwrite the Corporate Elite . . . . . 263

26. The Enemy Within . . . . . 275

27. Squeezing the Toothpaste . . . . . 289

SECTION FIVE: "The Reign, It's Plain, Is Mainly in the Grain"

28. Ebenezer Scrooge Was A Grain Trader . . . . . 303

29. Many Are Called For, But Few Are the Chosen . . . . . 317

30. "But It's The Name of the Game" . . . . . 328

31. Supply and Demand in Agriculture? It's the Pits! . . . . . 338

32. The "Sleeping Pygmy" and the "Chicago Mirage" . . . . . 348

SECTION SIX: Heading Toward the Last Roundup

33. The Big Three's Prime Cut . . . . . 362

34. Hogging the Market . . . . . 372

35. Efficency and Ruthlessness . . . . . 384

SECTION SEVEN: The Struggle For Economic Equilibrium

36. Tapping the Roots . . . . . 396

37. Creating "New Wealth" . . . . . 408

38. Farmers Seeking Control Over Their Own Destiny . . . . . 426

39. Scaring Agribusiness to Death . . . . . 432

EPILOGUE: Bringing the Corporate State Under Democratic Control

Bringing the Corporate State Under Democratic Control . . . . . 440

Appendix . . . . . 446

Principal Sources . . . . . 479

Selected Bibliography . . . . . 555

Index . . . . . 563

 

 

 

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