"Big 6" Pesticide and GMO Corporations

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The "Big 6" pesticide and GMO corporations are BASF, Bayer, Dupont, Dow Chemical Company, Monsanto, and Syngenta. They are so called because they dominate the agricultural input market -- that is, they own the world’s seed, pesticide and biotechnology industries.[1][2]

According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), corporate concentration of the agricultural input market "has far-reaching implications for global food security, as the privatization and patenting of agricultural innovation (gene traits, transformation technologies and seed germplasm) has been supplanting traditional agricultural understandings of seed, farmers' rights, and breeders' rights."[3]

For more information, see the Pesticide Action Network of North America (PANNA) resource here.

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  1. Pesticide Action Network of North America, Chemical Cartel, organizational website, accessed July 2012
  2. ETC Group, Who Owns Nature? Corporate Power and the Final Frontier in the Commodification of Life, international civil society organizational report, November 2008, accessed July 2012
  3. Olivier Matringe and Irene Musselli Moretti, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Tracking the Trend Towards Market Concentration: The Case of the Agricultural Input Industry, study prepared by the UNCTAD secretariat, April 20, 2006
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