Pesticides & Profit
There are 2 million farmers and 300 million eaters in the U.S. In between stand a handful of corporations that control how food gets from one side to the other. Whether grain traders, processors or pesticide makers, these global concerns are among the most profitable, highly subsidized and consolidated industries in the world.
Ten corporations now control half of the global seed market, there used to be hundreds. Ten companies control 90% of the global pesticide market, down from 20 companies in the late 1980s. Many of the top ten seed corporations also dominate the pesticide market, creating a chokehold on the agricultural input sector such that non-genetically engineered seeds become hard to find and they can raise prices at will. In the U.S., these powerful industries also enjoy unprecedented influence over the regulatory system tasked with protecting public health and the environment from the dangers of their products.