Are Mega-Farms the Future of Global Agriculture? Exploring the Farm Size-Productivity Relationship for Large Commercial Farms in Ukraine
Policy Research Working Paper 6544 by Klaus Deininger, Denys Nizalov, and Sudhir K Singh
Published by The World Bank Development Research Group
Agriculture and Rural Development Team
Produced by the Research Support Team
By VIJAY PRASHAD
CORPORATE farming is at its apogee in the United States. Small farmers, once the backbone of U.S. agriculture, find their livelihoods increasingly dependent on large companies. A handful of companies control the farm inputs and markets in the U.S.. For example, 10 firms control almost 90 per cent of the agrochemical market, a small number of firms control the pork-processing industry and two firms (Cargill and Continental) dominate the grain market.
Gretchen Lee Salter, Senior Program and Policy Manager, Breast Cancer Fund, June 13, 2012
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by Carmelo Ruiz Marrero, World War 4 Report
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Agricultural biotech corporate giant Monsanto pretty much has had its way in Puerto Rico since it first set up seed breeding operations in the island in 1983. But the last few months have seen a hailstorm of bad publicity and protests against the corporation’s local activities.
June 17, 2013 By George Monbiot, published in the UK Guardian
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It was bad enough in 2005. Then, at the G8 summit in Scotland, Bono and Bob Geldof heaped praise on Tony Blair and George Bush, who were still mired in the butchery they had initiated in Iraq(1,2,3). At one point Geldof appeared, literally and figuratively, to be sitting in Tony Blair’s lap. African activists accused them of drowning out a campaign for global justice with a campaign for charity.
By Eric Holt-Gimenez, Huffington Post, June 21, 2013
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The biotech industry has awarded itself the World Food Prize. A career Monsanto executive, a Syngenta scientist and a private industrial scientist will share the $250,000 prize for "feeding a growing global population."
G-8’s New Alliance to encourage private sector investment in African agriculture. This initiative attempts to fill the gap created when governments failed to extend and renew their commitment to public sector investment.
However, the New Alliance actually represents a shift in policies to favor large agribusiness. This threatens to displace smallholder agriculture in favor of less sustainable practices, placing food security at risk.
By ANDREW POLLACK, New York Times, June 19, 2013
"Eric Holt-Giménez, executive director of Food First, a food policy research organization in Oakland, Calif., said the World Food Prize’s “growing obsession” with biotechnology “ignores the documented successes” of nonindustrial methods of farming."
In his submission to biotechnology reporter Andrew Pollack Eric used "agroecology" which is not the same as "nonindustrial."
Here is Eric's full statement which Eric submitted to the New York Times: