The DOJ’s dismissal of numerous concerns about the merger of agribusiness giants Bayer and Monsanto demonstrates, once again, how out of touch the Trump Administration is with family farmers.
National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC) is outraged that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) renewed registration of Xtendimax, Monsanto’s (now Bayer) dicamba-based herbicide. The controversial pesticide is extremely prone to drift and as a result has damaged millions of acres of crops and pollinator habitat in the two seasons since its approval.
Ben Burkett, NFFC former board president raising soy, old growth pine trees and roughly 20 different vegetables in Mississippi, added, “As a 4th generation family farmer this merger concentrates too much seed stock and intellectual property into one company, further declining rural America.”
Thanks to Organization for Competitive Markets for this action alert. The Bayer+Monsanto merger is part of a merger wave that will create just three agricultural chemical companies, while just two years ago there were six. Once the Bayer+Monsanto merger goes through, the economics of food, farming, and the environment will be radically altered. It will[…]
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The proposed deal would join the world’s largest and fourth largest vegetable seed companies, further tightening the stranglehold of the already concentrated vegetable seed industry.
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