The Corporate Agribusiness Research Project (CARP) is a public interest project reinstituted in 1996, and seeks to provide a central, accurate and in-depth source of information on corporate agribusiness’s economic, social and environmental impacts on family farmers, rural communities, ecosystems and consumers.
Corporate agribusiness operates today in a highly technical maze of self-serving practices, government regulations, international trade agreements and complicated scientific, economic and legal practices. At the same time many grassroots rural and consumer public interest organizations lack the fiscal resources to conduct on their own the specialized research necessary to understand the labyrinthian implications of corporate mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, applicable state and federal laws, and increasingly inadequate assessed technologies and inventions which threaten biodiversity. This leave family farm, rural and consumer advocates frequently at a disadvantage in analyzing and challenging the economic, social and environmental policies of corporate agribusiness.
By providing these advocates with the necessary corporate agribusiness economic, legal and technical research, the CARP seeks to make it possible for family farm, sustainable agriculture and consumer grassroots organizations to focus on what they do best: educating the public and organizing campaigns for environmentally responsible and economically and socially just corporate accountability practices in agribusiness.