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Austin Frerick
Trust-buster. Researcher cited in & . Heroes: Jane Addams, Grandpa Frerick, RuPaul, & Louis Brandeis. 🌽🏳️‍🌈
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Ari Ezra Waldman 8h
.⁦ again fails its users and threatens democracy. Taking its cues from radical free speech libertarians, caring nothing of the ppl they hurt.⁩ Facebook on fake Pelosi video: Being 'false' isn't enough for removal
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Marcus Baram May 22
NEW: DowDuPont is giving generously to those lawmakers who are sitting out a ban on a controversial pesticide manufactured by the chem giant. (via )
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Austin Frerick 15h
Replying to @AustinFrerick
I really wish Twitter had an edit button sometimes...
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Austin Frerick 18h
Without a doubt, is captured by industry. This decision does nothing to improve the American food supply system. It is an attack on science with the goal of helping a few companies can get bigger and richer.
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Austin Frerick May 23
Again, disagree. Antitrust is a philosophy on power. The dire state of rural 🇺🇸 is a result of powerlessness. Let's take 🐖 for example. We're Iowans. Rural communities are healthier w/10 🐖 families instead of 1 foreign owned CAFO.
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Austin Frerick May 23
Totally disagree. Ditch the current Nixon-hatchet-man theory of antitrust (Bork) and return to a Brandeis model of competitive markets. Heck, even the coffin industry resembles a cartel at this point. It's the realm of possibilities. It's a question of will.
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Austin Frerick May 23
Bringing this back to that Keokuk graphic. This quote says so much about the current moment and what concentration and the loss of local ownership means for these communities.
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Austin Frerick May 23
I actually first framed this article as saying that these communities have converged with urban improvised areas using Wilson's classic book "Truly Disadvantaged." De-Industrialization fist hit urban 🇺🇸, then rural 🇺🇸 w/all the ripple social ills.
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Austin Frerick May 23
My inspiration for this article actually started from a weekend in Keokuk/Burlington These midsize towns in Iowa are the poorest parts of the state and I was shocked/radicalized by their current state.
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Austin Frerick May 23
It took both parties to sign NAFTA and ignore antitrust enforcement.
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David Dayen May 23
Public Citizen report finds that 31 out of 41 top officials of the Federal Trade Commission have spun through the revolving door, and 60% have ties to Big Tech, a key industry the FTC regulates
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Marion Daniels May 23
Excellent article. The vast majority of people have no idea what's been going on in agriculture and that organic, small scale farming is a critical component in reducing CO2 emissions and pollutants/toxins.
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Austin Frerick May 23
A+ Thread👇 Must read.
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Austin Frerick May 23
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Simply put, addressing Ag and climate change is a problem over power. I always go back to this point because it says so much about the current state of power dynamics in Iowa.
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Austin Frerick May 23
Then came this blockbuster investigation by , , & . "The 's insurance business, through its fund, held investments last year of about $462M in fossil fuel corporations"
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Austin Frerick May 23
I first noted investments in fossil fuel companies driving its rejection of science. I'm forever grateful to for running this story when other Iowa media outlets wouldn't.
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Austin Frerick May 23
I 💯% agree w/Matt, but we've been down this road before and aren't making progress We need to confront the power of the (the largest Ag org in 🇺🇸) and the fact that it hinders progress because it cares more about its $500M investments in fossil fuel companies.
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Natalie Lapin May 23
Several of us have been discussing corporate vs. family farming. This is a great read!
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Austin Frerick May 23
Will you co-sponsor and support fair/competitive markets for Iowa farmers and consumers , , , , , & ? It's a simple bill asking for a pause and a study.
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Austin Frerick May 23
2 companies sell 78% of 🌽 seed 2 companies sell 69% of 👶 formula The meat industry is now more concentrated than when Upton Sinclair wrote "The Jungle" This new bill puts a pause to this Ag/food concentration and requires a study on it. (it's also an old Paul Wellstone bill)
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