Commodities & markets, Policy

What Happens When Food Marketers Require Restrictive Farming Practices?

Tina L. Saitone,  Richard J. Sexton and Daniel A. Sumner.
American Journal of Agricultural Economics 2015.

The dimensions that define a food product have expanded rapidly to include characteristics of the production process, marketing arrangements, and implications that production and consumption of the product have for the environment. Some market intermediaries have responded by requiring that their suppliers abide by restrictive production practices. We examine the economic effects of such restrictions and apply this analysis to limitations on the use of antibiotics in U.S. pork production.

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