Tyson Foods Revokes Activist Chicken Farmer’s License To Raise Chickens; Farmer Sues & Loses Appeal in U.S. Supreme Court

TysonFoodsMark Sherman reports on the AP via Yahoo News:

The Supreme Court on Monday turned down an appeal from a former Tennessee poultry farmer who sued Tyson Farms after losing his contract to raise their chickens.

The justices did not comment in turning away Alton Terry, who said Tyson cut him off because he helped organize area farmers and complained about the company’s practices. Lower courts had previously dismissed the lawsuit.

Terry, essentially, argued that he lost his contract to raise chickens on his 12-acre farm, because he squawked too much.

Terry was a poultry farmer who brought together a group of area farmers and told them they had the right to complain about Tyson’s practices. He also raised concerns directly with Tyson, among the world’s largest meat companies.

Terry says Tyson and other big companies have too much sway over farmers, and federal courts also have bowed to agribusiness interests by setting too high a standard for the farmers to succeed in court.

He casts his fight as a “struggle between those who grow our food and those who process and market it.”

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  • Rohatsu

    It’s headlines like this that really get me down sometimes and makes me wonder about the state of the world we live in. I think things like this are a huge concern that people tend to overlook.

  • Rohatsu

    It’s headlines like this that really get me down sometimes and makes me wonder about the state of the world we live in. I think things like this are a huge concern that people tend to overlook.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    These are the real issues of our time, the advent of corporate tyranny. But it ok! as long as our Taco Bell “meat” is yummy, and our various shiny screens stay on, the masses will not become aware.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    These are the real issues of our time, the advent of corporate tyranny. But it ok! as long as our Taco Bell “meat” is yummy, and our various shiny screens stay on, the masses will not become aware.

  • Tracie Ewing

    First I hear the unsurprising news that Taco Bell meat is, in fact, mostly NOT meat. Now I hear that a chicken farmer lost his contract with the country’s biggest producer and distributor of processed chicken parts because he wants to raise quality chickens so they make safe food, and he wants Tyson to stop pressuring him to NOT do so? Makes me want to never eat food I didn’t personally grow.

  • Tracie Ewing

    First I hear the unsurprising news that Taco Bell meat is, in fact, mostly NOT meat. Now I hear that a chicken farmer lost his contract with the country’s biggest producer and distributor of processed chicken parts because he wants to raise quality chickens so they make safe food, and he wants Tyson to stop pressuring him to NOT do so? Makes me want to never eat food I didn’t personally grow.

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