There is a merger wave currently underway among the world’s agricultural giants that produce the chemicals and seeds our family farmers need. When they are done, the market will be dominated by two large and two smaller companies — spelling disaster for American farmers and consumers who will see food costs go up and innovation decline.
The Bayer+Monsanto merger in particular will have devastating impacts. Once the Bayer+Monsanto merger goes through, the economics of food, farming, and the environment will be radically altered. It will be impossible to undo.
If the $66 billion merger is approved, Bayer+Monsanto will be the world’s largest agribusiness company. Many of the vegetables you eat, key ingredients in our processed foods, the canola oil you use in cooking, and the cotton you wear will all essentially be controlled by one company. For farmers, this merger will have dramatic consequences for the price and availability of the seeds they use.
The combined company will own the seed for about 70% of all the cotton grown in the US. Together, Bayer+Monsanto and just one other company will sell 77% of all the corn seed grown in the US, and about 95% of all seed for corn, soybean, cotton, canola, and wheat will contain a Monsanto+Bayer gene that enables the extensive use of herbicides like Roundup on the fields.
In addition, Monsanto+Bayer will be the world’s largest vegetable seed business for vegetables such as broccoli, green beans, carrots, and onions.
Call Your State Attorney General
Please call your state’s Attorney General and ask that they join the federal investigation by the Department of Justice into the Bayer+Monsanto merger. Let them know why you are concerned about this merger. Your state’s Attorney General’s contact information should come up in an internet search.
Call Your Members of Congress
Please contact your U.S. Senators and Representative and urge them to take an aggressive stance against concentrated corporate powers and monopolies and oppose the Bayer+Monsanto merger. While the Department of Justice (DOJ) will make the final decision, members of Congress are key influencers. Their opinion matters.
You can say:
Hi, my name is _________, and I’m a constituent of (Representative or Senator) ___________.
I’m calling to ask him/her to oppose the Bayer and Monsanto merger, which would allow one company to dominate US food production.
This merger would spell disaster for American farmers and consumers who will see food costs go up and innovation decline.
Again, I’m calling ask him/her to oppose the Bayer and Monsanto merger.
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