Proposed merger threatens the diversity and availability of seeds
Washington, DC — Today, more than 1 million petition signatures were delivered to the U.S. Department of Justice calling on the department to block the proposed merger of Bayer (BAYN) and Monsanto (MON). The petition was signed by concerned farmers and consumers.
If the Bayer-Monsanto merger is approved, 77 percent of the corn seed in America would be controlled by two companies, Bayer-Monsanto and Dow-DuPont. The new company would be the world’s largest vegetable seed company, world’s largest cottonseed company, world’s largest manufacturer and seller of herbicides, the world’s largest owner of intellectual property/patents for herbicide tolerant traits.
“This merger threatens the diversity and independence of the world’s seed supply,” said Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of Center for Food Safety. “With this ownership, these corporations have the power to limit the distribution, and control the price, of thousands of seeds. This consolidation threatens the livelihood of farmers and puts our food supply at risk.”
More than 1 million Americans signed petitions calling on the Department of Justice to block the Bayer-Monsanto merger. Petitions were collected by Action Aid, Avaaz, Center for Food Safety, Clif Bar Family Foundation/Seed Matters, CREDO, Food and Water Watch, Friends of the Earth, Organic Consumers Association, Organic Seed Alliance, Pesticide Action Network North America, Rural Advancement Foundation International, Sierra Club and SumOfUS.
In response to the current consolidation of the world’s seed supply, Center for Food Safety has created a peer-to-peer seed sharing website, the Global Seed Network, aimed at maintaining the diversity and independence of the world’s seed supply and giving the power of growing seeds back to the people.