Corporations, like Monsanto, Bayer, Syngenta and others, have long been big players in the global food system. Their power and influence over various segments of the food chain is growing still, with fewer and fewer transnational businesses dominating larger and larger sections of the food chain. Over the last four decades, the commercial seed industry has undergone a drastic transformation. What was once a competitive sector of agribusiness, primarily composed of small family-owned businesses, has been transformed into a highly concentrated industry dominated by just a few transnational corporations. In particular, the agricultural inputs sector – focused on seeds but also agrochemicals and biotechnology – saw an acceleration of acquisitions and mergers amongst major corporations at breakneck speed.
In 1996, Monsanto executive Robert Fraley famously said, “What you’re seeing is not just a consolidation of seed companies, it’s a consolidation of the entire food chain.” This unprecedented concentration of power could have a devastating ripple effect across the entire food system – raising serious concerns about the future of food and farming.
And it has not solved the problem of world hunger, it has not solved the problem of scarcity. In fact it’s created the problems of malnutrition, horrible food addictions, obesity, diabetes, and I’ll go so far as to say it’s spurred on the “gluten intolerance” and all the other gut diseases!!
Sometimes you have to wonder – if you love conspiracy theories – whether there’s some human masters who are creating food like this for culling purposes, after all – you can bet that the intelligent .01 percenters don’t eat fast food, non-organic crap!