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Published on Apr 12, 2016

Chicken is America’s favorite meat, generating more than $30 billion a year in revenue. Who benefits from this multi-billion dollar industry?

--Not the farmers raising the chickens. Not the workers in the processing plants. And certainly not the chickens.

Ninety-seven percent of the chicken produced in the US is raised by family-operated farms that have contracts with large, vertically-integrated companies. While the companies own the chickens, the farmers own the costly production facilities, which places them in an extremely risky financial situation. Companies use complex contract clauses and payment mechanisms to control their own costs and outsource risks to poultry farmers. The companies benefit from a power imbalance: a farmer at risk of losing their family’s land is not likely to speak out.

Under Contract tells the stories of farmers who are caught up in the fine print and claims that the way we do agribusiness must change if we are to protect both farmers and our food supply from industry abuses.

Go to the Under Contract website for more info and for ways to take action to support farmers: www.undercontractfilm.com

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