The practices of seed companies, agro-chemical suppliers, shipping firms, and food processers and retailers have major impacts on food systems around the world. These sectors are consolidating fast, enhancing the ability of multinational agribusinesses to shape the governance of supply chains and food systems more broadly. In the seed and agrochemical industry alone, a range of unprecedented deals are in process: the $130 billion merger between US agro-chemical giants, Dow and DuPont or Bayer’s $66 billion buyout of Monsanto.
Consolidation across the agri-food chain is having major impacts on the way companies innovate, as well as their ability to set conditions and prices in markets. In this context, it is crucial to ask how agribusiness-led change can be reconciled with the fundamental changes required to build sustainable food systems.
Digitization, big data and blockchain technologies are transforming all aspects of the food chain. In its future work on digitization in food systems, IPES-Food will ask who is currently taking the biggest cut and reaping the benefits from these technologies, who faces the risks, and how could these developments be harnessed to benefit farmers, smaller actors and the shift towards healthier and more sustainable food systems.
Open letter to the European Commission re. Bayer-Monsanto Merger
Open letter from IPES-Food to Commissioner Vestager concerning Bayer AG's acquisition of Monsanto (case M.8084 notified to the Commission on 30 June 2017 under Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 of 20 January 2004 on the control of concentrations between undertakings).
Read the letter (EN)
Too Big To Feed - Short Report
prepared by ETC Group
The 'Too Big to Feed Short Report' was developed by ETC Group, in partnership with IPES-Food. It summarizes the full report Too Big to Feed, published by IPES-Food in October 2017. The full report includes additional data and a more detailed analysis on the impact of the consolidation of the agri-food sector.
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