Report on the State of Corporate Concentration
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ETC Group has published its 111th Communiqué. The 40-page report Putting the Cartel before the Horse…Who Will Control Agricultural Inputs? provides market data on the world’s major corporate players involved in food and agriculture and analysis of key sectors in the corporate food chain. The full report is available here.
“The concentration of corporate power – including the concentration of corporate R&D – belongs at the forefront of any attempts to answer the crucial question of who will feed us in the midst of climate chaos,” says Kathy Jo Wetter from ETC’s USA office. “The latest market figures suggest that cartel arrangements are commonplace and the oligopoly paradigm has moved beyond individual sectors to the entire food system.” ETC’s report shows that the same six multinational firms (Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta, Bayer, Dow, and BASF) control 75% of all private sector plant breeding research, 60% of the commercial seed market (100% of the transgenic seed market) and 76% of global agrochemical sales. The report also includes market data for the fertilizer and animal pharmaceutical industries, as well as the highly concentrated livestock genetics industry and the fast-growing aquaculture industry. ETC Group has tracked corporate power related to food and agriculture for more than three decades.
ETC’s report is the first instalment in a “Who Will Control…?” series, which will examine corporate activity, including R&D, in diverse areas such as food retail and processing, pharmaceuticals, mining, energy, climate technologies, among others. It is being published together with a poster assessing the capacity of the Industrial “Food Chain” and the Peasant “Food Web” to address climate chaos, based on comprehensive data related to their current performance. The poster Who will feed us? The industrial food chain or the peasant food web? is the result of exhaustive research and details how the world’s 3 billion or so indigenous and peasant producers – rural and urban, fishers and pastoralists – not only feed a majority of the world’s people, but also create and conserve most of the world’s biodiversity. The Industrial Food Chain, on the other hand, uses about 70% of the world’s agricultural resources to produce just 30% of our global food supply. More information is available here: http://www.etcgroup.org/
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