Bayer’s Empty Promise: Jobs in Exchange for Approval to Take Over Monsanto

Posted Leah Douglas Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Photo from Flickr user andrepierre. Days before entering office, President Donald Trump held a meeting with executives from agrochemical giants Bayer and Monsanto. The companies sought Trump’s blessing for their $66 billion merger, promising to create thousands of jobs if the merger is approved. But the companies’ track records, as well as evidence from past mergers, suggest the […]

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The Walmart of Organics? Whole Foods Moves to Centralized Purchasing

Posted Leah Douglas Leah Douglas, Newsletter, Organics

Photo from Flickr user forever5yearsold. Whole Foods’ recent decision to centralize buying for its U.S. stores will likely make it much harder for smaller producers of organic and natural foods to get to market. The move could thus further solidify the control of the corporate food giants currently dominating the organic and natural foods sector. Zach […]

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Merging Seed Giants Tout “Innovation”, but Already Slashing R&D​

Posted Leah Douglas GMOs & Seeds, Leah Douglas, Mergers & Acquisitions, Newsletter

Photo from flickr user thatmakesthree. In a September 20 hearing on Capitol Hill, executives from Monsanto, Bayer, Syngenta, Dow and DuPont defended their plans to merge into three giant agrochemical companies. Under questioning by Senators on the Judiciary Committee, they emphasized that the deals would increase their companies’ ability to “innovate” and to develop better seeds […]

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With SABMiller Deal Complete, ABI Takes Aim at Craft Brewers

Posted Leah Douglas Beer, Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Photo from Flickr user quinnanya. Anheuser-Busch InBev is angling to control every shelf of your local beer store, and they’re doing it behind the scenes. That may seem surprising, given that the Belgian company has made headlines this year with its nearly complete $108 billion acquisition of SABMiller, the second-largest beer company in the world. But […]

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The Month in Review

Posted Leah Douglas Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Photo from Flickr user cjuneau. As the summer winds down, here’s a look at some of the biggest stories in food and agriculture consolidation. Three major mergers in the agrochemical sector are facing antitrust review in several countries. The European Union has opened an antitrust investigation into the proposed $122 billion Dow/DuPont merger, citing concerns that a merger between the two agrochemical giants […]

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As Dairy Prices Tumble, Farmers are Angered by Minimal USDA Support

Posted Leah Douglas Dairy, Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Photo from Flickr user chriswaits. Dairy farmers in the Northeast and Midwest are dumping massive quantities of milk, as a sharp decline in exports has driven milk prices down to a seven-year low. Meanwhile, independent farmers and members of Congress say that a new USDA insurance program designed to keep struggling dairy farmers in business is failing […]

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Photo by Wilson Ring/Associated Press. 

Food & Power Newsletter: Big Food Turns to Congress to Overturn State GMO Labeling Laws

Posted Chris Wager GMOs & Seeds, Leah Douglas, Miscellaneous, Newsletter

Photo by Wilson Ring/Associated Press. After months of debate, Congress in early July established a national standard for the labeling of foods that contain ingredients that have been genetically modified (GMOs). President Obama is expected to sign the bill, officially called the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard. The new federal standard was strongly opposed by a […]

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Food & Power Newsletter: A Closer Look at the Bayer-Monsanto Merger and the Seed Licensing ‘Cartel’

Posted Chris Wager GMOs & Seeds, Leah Douglas, Mergers & Acquisitions, Newsletter

Bayer’s $62 billion offer to buy Monsanto is the latest in a series of proposed mega-mergers in the seed and agrochemical sectors, following ChemChina’s planned takeover of Syngenta and Dow’s merger with DuPont. These deals have raised fears of higher prices, reduced crop biodiversity, and even greater obstacles to innovation in these industries. But below […]

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Monsanto’s Scary New Scheme: Why Does it Really Want All This Data?

Posted Lina Khan Big Data, Lina Khan, Price Discrimination

Imagine cows fed and milked entirely by robots. Or tomatoes that send an e-mail when they need more water. Or a farm where all the decisions about where to plant seeds, spray fertilizer and steer tractors are made by software on servers on the other side of the sea. This is what more and more of our agriculture may come to look like in the years ahead, as farming meets Big Data.