Global Seed Industry Concentration - 2005

Communiqué number: 
90

According to ETC Group, the top 10 multinational seed firms control half of the world's commercial seed sales (a total worldwide market of approximately US$21,000 million per annum). Corporate control and ownership of seeds - the first link in the food chain - has far-reaching implications for global food security. With control of seeds and agricultural research held in fewer hands, the world's food supply is increasingly vulnerable to the whims of market maneuvers. ETC Group's report includes a table listing many of the world's top 20 seed companies and their acquisitions and/or subsidiaries.

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