IN THE SEED INDUSTRY LEADS TO LESS CHOICE,
HIGHER PRICES FOR U.S. FARMERS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 9, 2009
Kristina Hubbard, Farmer to Farmer, 406-544-8946, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Wenzel, Farmer to Farmer, 608-444-0292, email@example.com
Todd Leake, North Dakota farmer, 701-594-4275
Paul Rozwadowski, Wisconsin farmer, 715-644-5079
American farmers are feeling the effects of a concentrated seed industry. Seed options are diminishing while prices increase at historic rates. A new report, Out of hand: Farmers face the consequences of a consolidated seed industry, examines these troubling trends, substantiating the U.S. Department of Justice's investigation into alleged anticompetitive conduct in the seed industry.
"Farmers are facing fewer choices and significantly higher prices
in seed," says Kristina
The report outlines events that led to extensive concentration, including
"We are encouraged that the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Justice have launched a joint investigation into anticompetitive practices in agriculture," says Bill Wenzel, national director of the Farmer to Farmer Campaign on Genetic Engineering. "We believe this report will shed light on the severe negative impacts that these practices have had on producers and provide insight on what changes in policy are necessary to protect farmers' rights and interests."
To read the full press release, or download the report, visit www.farmertofarmercampaign.org.
The Farmer to Farmer Campaign on a Genetic Engineering is a national
network of farm organizations that serve as a voice for family farmers
on agricultural biotechnology
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