The Agrochemical Complex

Page - February 8, 2010

Drivers of Industrial and Chemical-intensive Farming

The last 60 years have witnessed a rapid increase in the concentration of commercial control by a handful of companies over the sale of planting seed for the world's major traded crops.  By 1999, seven companies controlled a high percentage of global seed sales and the concentration has since increased through takeovers and company mergers.

The budgets of the leading six agrochemical companies in 2001-2002 combined equaled $3.2 billion.  Compare that to the total budget of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) - whose mission is "to achieve sustainable food security and reduce poverty in developing countries through scientific research and research-related activities in the fields of agriculture, forestry, fisheries, policy, and environment."  CGIAR's budget in 2003 of $330 million, was nearly one-tenth that of the agrochemical companies.

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