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Kim Klein and the Commons: Who owns my seeds?

Written by Kim Klein

Do you know who owns most of the seeds in the US?  Hint: It’s not the farmers…

As of this year, here in the United States, Monsanto – through acquisitions and cut-throat business practices – has cornered 90% of the soy, 65% of the corn, and 70% of the cotton markets, and has a rapidly growing presence in the fruit and vegetable markets. Monsanto seeds are sold all over the world, but here in the United States, we theoretically have anti-trust laws to prevent this kind of thing. Further, in order to be as productive as possible, Monsanto’s seeds need the toxic herbicide, Roundup, which is also owned by Monsanto. And, as the final nail in farmers’ coffins, Monsanto raised its prices 42% on its most popular genetically modified seeds, which in many areas of the country are the only ones available.

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