Monsanto seed practices revealed

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Confidential contracts detailing Monsanto Co.'s business practices reveal how the world's biggest seed developer is squeezing competitors, controlling smaller seed companies and protecting its dominance over the multibillion-dollar market for genetically altered crops, an Associated Press investigation has found. Full Story
Alan

Gaithersburg, MD

#1 Dec 12, 2009
"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.

This neal harl fellow is telling tall tales--since he works/sympathizes for Pioneer he should know they control half of the seed in the U.S. for corn and soybeans. do the math and here he says Pioneer has only single digt market share. Also misses the point that Pioneer raises farmer prices for seed all the time and brag about it to wall street just like Monsanto. Both tax the farmer.

The rest of this is garbagetoo. As much as everyone hates Monsanto theyd rip up their license agreements in a flash if anyone offered better technology but DuPont cant get it up when it comes to technology. DuPont is all upset because they have never brought a trait that works to market. now all a sudden they want to say how licensing agreements for small seed co.s should read? They never wrote one in theyre life.

IF monsantan blocks dupont from gobbling up seed companys for higher prices than Monsanto pays how come there licenses didn't stop duPont from paying $8 B ffor Pioneer???

Mr Chris Leonardo is clearly on Duponts side or too naieve to know better. They never let ANYONE have there seed to breed with or sell. Where was he 10 years ago with Pioneer was top dog and Monsanto was struggling to tell everyone GMOS were not pioson???

Back then Monsanto was stupid and bound to fail. Now evil genius.
Jessica

Bloomington, MN

#2 Dec 15, 2009
All of the big seed companies pull this stuff. Who gets screwed? The farmers - like my dad. I see those commercials on tv extolling the great work of farmers - paid for by Monsanto - and I laugh. These seed companies put the screws to the farmers and make big bucks.
The Evils of Frankenfood

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Dec 15, 2009
Back in the mid-80s there was a US Supreme Court case (I forget the case title) where the Reagan administration supported the right of a Big Business corporation to patent genes. Because the Court ruled in their favor, today we find the increasing monopoly control of seeds and ag chemicals by Monsanto and other agribusiness giants. That case and the resulting dominance of GMO seeds used by big agriculture have locked the monoculture ag farmer and the consumer into a dependent relationship with these chemical companies. I urge people to see the film, "Food Inc" to understand the trap we now find ourselves. I'm hopeful that the growth of heirloom seed varieties, the resistance of the European Union to allow GMO foods into their markets, and the financial desperation that industrial ag farmers find themselves in will stem this GMO tidal wave. There are a growing number of small farmers that are returning to organic and traditional agriculture that are making money using heirloom seeds. Not a great deal, but they also not carrying the staggering debt of a chemical farmer, nor beholden to the giants like Monsanto. There are reports that Monsanto is hassling these farmers, trying to curtail propagation and use of heirloom seeds. All these practices should trigger a government investigation and legal action against Monsanto to keep markets open and competitive.

“I am always right.”

Since: Oct 09

Former MN Taxpayer

#4 Dec 15, 2009
Another story about a Big Company squeezing the life out of a Small Company. As with every story like this, profits are the only motivation.

This is why we need more government intervention into all areas of private industry. We can not trust companies and their eternal thirst for profits to do the right thing. If the govt would simply put controls on the actions of these companies, this would be a much better world.
K Bar

Maple Plain, MN

#5 Dec 15, 2009
IrishMN wrote:
Another story about a Big Company squeezing the life out of a Small Company. As with every story like this, profits are the only motivation.
This is why we need more government intervention into all areas of private industry. We can not trust companies and their eternal thirst for profits to do the right thing. If the govt would simply put controls on the actions of these companies, this would be a much better world.
And would this be the same government that can't/won't control itself? Do any of your "non-stories", come to mind?
Casual Observer

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Dec 15, 2009
Farmers are partially to blame for their lack of real world research and their willingness to fall into the GMO trap. GMO and non-GMO seeds yield much closer than most GMO peddlers would have you believe. Under any reasonable comparison, Monsanto has already priced their seeds to a non-competitive level. Unfortunately, most farmers continue to pay to plant them and with the improved yields they offer, the market pricing suffers. Farmers need to cooperate against Monsanto by going non-GMO as necessary. It's just not logical that seed companies can corner markets without the assistance of farmers.

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