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June 07, 2019 - New York Times

Save our Food, Free the Seed

Save our Food, Free the Seed
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Just 50 years ago, some 1,000 small and family-owned seed companies were producing and distributing seeds in the United States; by 2009, there were fewer than 100. Thanks to a series of mergers and acquisitions over the last few years, four multinational agrochemical firms — Corteva, ChemChina, Bayer and BASF — now control over 60 percent of global seed sales.

The financial crisis brought us from boom-era complacency to nail-biting angst over institutions that were considered too big to fail. A decade wiser now, why are we not spooked by just four chemical companies largely controlling our future food supply?

"I have never talked to a farmer who is comfortable with this level of concentration. Its unprecedented." Kristina Hubbard, Director of advocacy and communications at the Organic Seed Alliance.

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