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This Merger Would Threaten Food Supplies Around the World. Who Will Stop It?

Unless the European Union (EU) turns them down, two major world corporations are about to become one, with a marriage that will mean world dominance for genetically engineered (GE) foods and their disastrous compadres, pesticides and herbicides that kill everything but the GE crops they’re used on. As reported by The Guardian, Tuesday the EU will decide whether Bayer can proceed with its $65 billion takeover of Monsanto. If approved, farming as we know it could be solidified into a monocrop of disaster threatening food supplies and farmers around the world.

Just when you thought the takeover of the global food supply couldn’t get a whole lot worse, it did. If the merger goes through, we’ll be left with just four companies providing 59 percent of the global seeds and 64 percent of the world’s pesticides. I mean, what could go wrong with that? The implications for disaster are so grave that the Organic Consumers Association is calling for consumers to boycott Bayer in a new campaign called “Billions Against Bayer” — the continuation of the successful “Millions Against Monsanto” campaign.

Even Sen. Bernie Sanders has also gone on record saying the takeover is “a threat to all Americans” and needs to be blocked. He also wants the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to “reopen its investigation of Monsanto’s monopoly over the seed and chemical market.” U.S. farmers are worried, too, that a Bayer-Monsanto behemoth may ruin their lives, as over the past 10 years, the price of a bag of seed corn has risen from $80 to $300 — a price hike attributed to the consolidation of seed companies, which reduces competition.

On a positive note, the ever-increasing costs are causing many farmers to reconsider their use of GE seeds, as it has become increasingly difficult to justify the higher prices for seeds, while crop prices diminish. Part of the problem is that farmers are simply growing too much GE corn and soy, which makes it difficult to recoup their investment. The threat of even higher prices for GE seeds and chemicals makes their future even more uncertain.
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