The Associated Press just uncovered a series of confidential commercial licensing agreements that give around 200 smaller companies the right to insert Monsanto’s genes (resistant to their Roundup herbicide) in their corn and soybean plants.
This means that Monsanto will OWN and CONTROL roughly 95 percent of all soybeans and 80 percent of all corn grown in the US. Monsanto is blocking any competition in the seed industry, forcing farmers into growing genetically modified crops, and all the while increasing seed prices. Now, when farmers buy bags of seed from obscure brand names, they are paying for Monsanto’s seeds.
These practices are at the core of the investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice to determine if Monsanto is violating anti-trust laws.
This could be the first step towards the government taking long-needed action to help break the corporate control in our farming and food system.
For farmers to survive and thrive, we need the government to take action that restores real competition to the farm economy – not the current situation where a few corporations in the grain, seed, dairy and livestock sectors hold excessive control.
In 2010, the Department of Justice will hold public hearings to discuss anti-trust issues in agricultural production. We want our voice to be heard in this process.
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