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Seed for diversity: We sow diversity where others destroy it.

We inform you about the consequences of growing corporate power through the merger of Bayer and Monsanto and present democratic, socially aware and environmentally sound alternatives for our food system.

Find out more about our Campaign “Seed for diversity”!


This year, if the merger between the agrochemical giant Bayer in Leverkusen and Monsanto, the American seed and pesticide manufacturer, goes ahead, "BaySanto" will become the largest supplier of seeds and pesticides in the world. This would result in a market concentration, and concentration of power, in the agricultural sector.

We think that is dangerous – for our democracy and for our whole food system. Just a few corporations can then decide how we live, work and eat.

Reject the merger of Bayer and Monsanto

The negative impacts of this agribusiness on people and the environment are already obvious, especially in the countries of the Global South. Yet for many years lots of small-scale farmers all over the world have shown that there are workable alternatives in farming. Their methods are democratic, socially aware, suited to local conditions and environmentally sound. Not only that: they can tackle the hunger in the world, too!


E-Mail-campaign: Reject the merger of Bayer and Monsanto!

The merger between Bayer and Monsanto would result in a market concentration and concentration of power in the agricultural sector. Just a few corporations will then decide how we live, work and what we eat. This is why we think the merger is dangerous – for our democracy and for our food system! This is why we think the EU commission for competition - where the merger proposal was now presented - should reject the merger. Therefore, we need your support!


Copy the text below and write an E-Mail to EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager. Urge her to reject the merger! 

Send an E-Mail


To Ms Margrethe Vestager, EU Commissioner for Competition

Dear Ms Vestager,

In your role as EU Commissioner for Competition, I urge you to reject the merger between Bayer and Monsanto. The merger would make “BaySanto” the largest producer of seeds and pesticides in the world. I believe this market concentration, and concentration of power, in the agricultural sector to be dangerous – for our democracy and for our whole food system, because just a few corporations will then decide how we live, work and eat.
The negative impacts of this agribusiness on people and the environment are already obvious, especially in the countries of the Global South. Yet for many years lots of small-scale farmers all over the world have shown that there are workable alternatives in farming. Their methods are democratic, socially aware, suited to local conditions and environmentally sound. Not only that: they can tackle the hunger in the world, too!
Ms Vestager, please stop the merger and by doing so make room for these alternatives, because we need environmentally sustainable and socially just farming that will realise the human right to food for all people.

Yours sincerely

P.S. Please go to www.misereor.org/seed-for-diversity to find out about farming methods being used successfully in the Global South.

Copy the text and send an E-Mail to EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager


Facts

Agrochemical companies say, we know: Hard-hitting facts about agribusiness, small farmers and food sovereignty. Easy to understand and with striking graphics. Free for further distribution.


Promoting diversity. Good reasons for food sovereignty

Policy Paper

Agrochemical companies say, we know: Hard-hitting facts about agribusiness, small farmers and food sovereignty. Easy to understand and with striking graphics.

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Seed for diversity: We sow diversity where others destroy it.

Policy Paper

Background information: What the merger of Bayer and Monsanto means for  our food system and small-scale farmers all over the world.

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The study is part of a participatory action research (PAR) conducted by members of Khupra community together with staff members of Karuna Mission Social Solidarity-Loikaw between October 2015 and July 2016. The PAR is one of the components of the project that supports indigenous communities in Kayah State to document and seek official recognition of their customary land and natural resource rights and management practices.

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Foreign Direct Investment in Agri-Food Networks in India and Sub-Saharan Africa

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The aim of our baseline study is to contribute to a solid base for debates and to consequently gain a thorough understanding of FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) in the agricultural sectors of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and India. This includes collecting information about the developments as well as the nature and extend of the FDIs. Study by Martin Franz and Philip Müller (2015).

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The Future of Seeds and Food under the Growing Threat of Patents and Market Concentration

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This report was written against the backdrop of a pending decision at the European Patent Office (EPO) that will have a major impact on the international market for seeds and food, and, consequently, on global food security. To illustrate the severe consequences created by excessive seed patenting this report will describe the situation of farmers in the United
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Guideline

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This report is a result of a participatory action research (PAR) conducted by members of Yusomoso community in Kayah State/Myanmar between January and June 2016. The report documents the community’s natural resource management, customary tenure and governance system and proofs the community’s long and close relationship to and dependence on its land and resources.

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