Wednesday, October 16, 2013

[biofuelwatch] Agropoly!





Agropoly - A handful of corporations control world food production

To mark World Food Day, which the international peasant movement La Via Campesina calls the Global Day of Action for Food Sovereignty, EcoNexus and the Berne Declaration are launching the English edition of Agropoly.

See http://www.econexus.info/publication/agropoly-corporations-control-world-food-production <http://www.econexus.info/publication/agropoly-corporations-control-world-food-production>

Agropoly
is a short, accessible guide to how a handful of companies dominate and control the various components of the food system.
 

·  animal feed production - one third of agricultural land goes to produce animal feed;

·  livestock breeding - for example in chicken breeding, the top 4 companies have 99% market share of the genetics;

·  seed production - the top 10 seed corporations have a 75% market share of the commercial market;

·  commodity production, processing, trade and retail - the revenues of each of the three biggest supermarket corporations are larger than the GNP of many states;

·  fertiliser and pesticide manufacture - the latter also controlled by seed corporations.



One result is that many local breeds and food crop varieties have already been lost and the
decline continues.

This consolidation is relentless, with governments shaping policies to suit corporations and their investors, not citizens. Agropoly provides the evidence and highlights the pressing need to act now, to develop inclusive and just food regimes that provide nutritious food for all.


We hope you find this new English edition useful!


EcoNexus and the Berne Declaration

 
French edition: http://www.evb.ch/fr/f25002145.html
<http://www.evb.ch/fr/f25002145.html>
German edition: http://www.evb.ch/en/p25019281.html
<http://www.evb.ch/en/p25019281.html>
English edition: http://www.econexus.info/publication/agropoly-corporations-control-world-food-production
<http://www.econexus.info/publication/agropoly-corporations-control-world-food-production>




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