Monopoly and Monoculture – The Food issue
In only 20 years, a handful of multibillion-dollar companies have come to dominate the global food industry. Though unassuming to look at, the tiny seeds they produce have generated not just food, but vast sums in corporate profits.
Illustration Dave Prosser
“In 1996 there were 600 independent seed companies operating in the US. By 2009, this number had shrunk to 100, and by 2016 the ten biggest seed sellers controlled 75% of the global market.”
“In 1980, Chief Justice Warren E. Burger made a landmark ruling: companies that had developed specific breeds of genetically modified seeds could now buy their exclusive patents.”
“What you’re seeing is not just a consolidation of seed companies, it’s really a consolidation of the entire food chain.”