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THE GMO SEED CARTEL

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SUMMARY: "According to Philip Howard, a researcher at Michigan State University, economists say that when four firms control 40% of a market, it is no longer competitive. According to AgWeb, the “big four” biotech seed companies - Monsanto, DuPont/Pioneer Hi-Bred, Syngenta, and Dow AgroSciences - own 80% of the US corn market and 70% of the soybean business. Monsanto has become the world’s largest seed company in less than 10 years by capturing markets for corn, soybean, cotton, and vegetable seeds, according to a report by the Farmer to Farmer Campaign.

A Rebuttal to Mark Lynas’ GMO Reversal

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If you want to get your name splattered all over the web, there’s nothing like recanting your once strongly held beliefs. Give a big mea culpa speech telling the world how wrong you have been, and you’ll get far more attention for your auto-rebuttal than you ever received for your original ideas. When it comes to ideological U-turns the media are like moths to a flame. (Never mind that, as Whitman said, “consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds.”)

PUBLIC RESEARCH, PRIVATE GAIN: CORPORATE INFLUENCE OVER UNIVERSITY AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH

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SUMMARY: "The report, Public Research, Private Gain: Corporate Influence Over University Agricultural Research, provides a history of the land-grant university system including how, as public funding has stalled in recent decades, these universities have turned to agribusiness to fill the void, compromising the public mission of the institutions. “Private-sector funding not only corrupts the public research mission of land-grant universities, but also distorts the science that is supposed to help farmers improve their practices and livelihoods,” said Hauter.

HOW YOUR COLLEGE IS SELLING OUT TO BIG AG

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SUMMARY: "Last week, the University of Illinois’ College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences in Champaign-Urbana made a momentous announcement: it has accepted a $250,000 grant from genetically modified seed/agrichemical giant Monsanto to create an endowed chair for the “Agricultural Communications Program” it runs with the College of Communications.

DUPONT SENDS IN FORMER COPS TO ENFORCE SEED PATENTS: COMMODITIES

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SUMMARY: "DuPont Co., the world's second-biggest seed company, is sending dozens of former police officers across North America to prevent a practice generations of farmers once took for granted. The provider of the best-selling genetically modified soybean seed is looking for evidence of farmers illegally saving them from harvests for replanting next season, which is not allowed under sales contracts.

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