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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Monsanto et al

I haven't had time to blog, but that doesn't mean I haven't had time to engage in all things garden and seed. I'm currently taking a class that requires the production of a term paper, the topic of our own choosing, to be completed throughout the course (which teaches you how to write a term paper, essentially). Sure, I know how to write up college papers, but everybody needs an "easy A" class once in a while. Gimme a break.

My topic is Seed Monopolies. The above chart represents the major seed companies and all the little distribution companies each one owns or is tied to in one way or another. Scary. This is originally from an article on The Ecologist, Revealed: how seed market is controlled by Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, Dow & DuPont, published in October of 2010. According to the article, this "graphic illustrates how just five biotech giants have increased their control of the global seed market, promoting monoculture farming and making it harder for farmers to find alternative sources of seeds."


  1. What a great idea! I just love your blog I get more impressed each time I read it! Monsanto sucks but I wasn't as familiar with all the other seed companies. Thanks so much for putting all this out there, Good luck with your paper!

  2. Yep. Doesn't surprise me. I try to buy my seeds from one or two suppliers that use either organic, or heirloom seed. That doesn't eliminate these guys, but it does seem to let me feel a little less concerned. At least I only found one name that even seemed familiar on the above list. (And I don't buy from them, the name just looked familiar...)



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