This article comes from a site called “gmeducation.org”. They bill themselves as “citizens concerned about GM”. The article is really more of an editorial piece. The nameless authors suggest that more than 80% of US Corn and more than 90% of soybeans are seeds licensed by Monsanto at some point in their travels. The article mentions a researcher at Michigan State University named Philip Howard, who “has traced the consolidation of the global seed industry”. His research says that 40% of all food supply in the world in under the control of four firms: Monsanto, DuPont/Pioneer Hi-Bred, Syngenta, and Dow AgroSciences. Apparently it’s worse in the US, as the writers at GMEducation.org consider this group of corporations more of a “cartel” because they aren’t much of a market.
The Department of Justice investigated allegations of Monsanto’s monopolistic machinations, for two years, from 2010 to 2012. At the end of that year, the DOJ had announced that it had “closed its investigation”. There was no other reason listed.
GMEducation writes that two major problems have come up for farmers since the introduction of Monsanto’s so-called monopoly. One, is that the farmers no longer have a choice of what seed to use. This can effect genetic diversification of crops, as well as push out other alternative seed. The other problem is that now that Monsanto can charge whatever they like for their product, they are raising the pricing of their GM-seed. Because other biotech firms are also moving on from non-GMO seed types, again, the farmers really have no where else to turn. Monsanto also prohibits farmers from saving seeds after harvest, citing intellectual property rights. The article mentions that there have been reports of farmers that have gone bankrupt when Monsanto’s IP lawyers come knocking. They also can’t afford to change seeds because there might be a danger of residual crops of Monsanto-owned plants growing later on, leading again to litigation.
This website and article are very much focused less as a “concerned” look as much as “highly critical” and a little inflammatory. The article spends little time focusing on the potential dangers of GMO agriculture, instead looking at the allegations that Monsanto is an out-of-control monopoly. Not necessarily an incorrect assessment, but perhaps a more balanced approach would sell the point to the undecided.