Consolidation in the seed industry

We’ve written before about consolidation in the seed industry making the same tired joke that I want to make again now, that a picture is worth 1000 words. It doesn’t hurt to stay up to date though, which is why I am grateful to Resources Research for finding, and colouring in, the diagram from the USDA report on Research Investments and Market Structure in the Food Processing, Agricultural Input, and Biofuel Industries Worldwide.

The USDA report is not, as far as I can tell, anything to do with the US Department of Justice’s investigation of antitrust practices in the seed industry, announced a couple of years ago. So what has become of that? Anyone know?

2 Replies to “Consolidation in the seed industry”

  1. P. 2 of report summary: “The globalization of food and agricultural R&D may accelerate the rate of international technology transfer, reducing productivity differences across nations and regions.” I think they mean that other countries and regions will catch up with North America and Europe: bring it on. But I think this has been known to `seed activist’ NGOs for decades, as they tried (and failed) to stop it happening.

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