[permaculture] How Monsanto owns and manipulates the world's food supply Boing Boing
Lawrence F. London, Jr.
venaurafarm at bellsouth.net
Mon Dec 14 08:59:56 EST 2009
Like hell they own the world's food supplies. Power to home growers and
local producers! Viva Independent Growers!
How Monsanto owns and manipulates the world's food supply
Steve Silberman sends us "A major AP expose of how Monsanto uses secret
licensing agreements for its genetically manipulated crops to squeeze
smaller seed companies, lock out competition, and keep food prices high.".
Monsanto's methods are spelled out in a series of confidential
commercial licensing agreements obtained by the AP. The contracts, as
long as 30 pages, include basic terms for the selling of engineered
crops resistant to Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, along with shorter
supplementary agreements that address new Monsanto traits or other
For example, one contract provision bans independent companies from
breeding plants that contain both Monsanto's genes and the genes of any
of its competitors, unless Monsanto gives prior written permission --
giving Monsanto the ability to effectively lock out competitors from
inserting their patented traits into the vast share of U.S. crops that
already contain Monsanto's genes...
"We now believe that Monsanto has control over as much as 90
percent of (seed genetics). This level of control is almost
unbelievable," said Neil Harl, agricultural economist at Iowa State
University who has studied the seed industry for decades. "The upshot of
that is that it's tightening Monsanto's control, and makes it possible
for them to increase their prices long term. And we've seen this
happening the last five years, and the end is not in sight."
AP INVESTIGATION: Monsanto seed biz role revealed (Thanks, Steve!)
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