BBC debate: Are Monsanto, Big Ag taking over the world’s seed supply?

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Imagine a world where just one company sells all the materials our farmers need to grow crops that feed us. In this reality, this one company controls all the seeds, the fertilizers and the pesticides. One company in full control of our entire food supply. Is this fantasy or close to reality?

Today, just six companies sell almost two-thirds of the world’s seeds. Further proposed takeovers could cut that number down to three.

Are we heading toward a world where all seeds, fertilizer, and pesticides are in the hands of just one company? Experts weigh in on issues including the role of corporations in our seed and food supply and the importance of scientific advancements in agriculture.

Guests:
Jack Kloppenburg, University of Wisconsin
Edward Mabaya, Cornell University (@EdMabaya)
Jon Entine, Genetic Literacy Project (@JonEntine)

Listen below:

NOTE: The interview can also be heard at the BBC website here.

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