Journal article

Out of the Cage and into the Barn: Supermarket Power Food System Governance and the Regulation of Free Range Eggs

Christine Parker, G Scrinis

Griffith Law Review | Griffith University Law School | Published : 2014

Abstract

The highly concentrated nature of food retailing in Australia gives supermarkets considerable control over the interface between consumers and producers. Legal and regulatory commentary debates what can and should be done about the market dimensions of supermarket power. This article shows that Australian supermarkets are amassing not only economic power but also political power in the food system. The article makes this argument by reference to two major supermarkets’ initiatives in the regulatory space around food labelling, specifically the contested meaning of free range eggs. The article examines how the supermarkets are using their market power to create private standards for suppliers..

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