Concentrations of power and the heavy use of pesticides mean that food production is an industry riddled with problems. Powerful seed, food and pesticide corporations in the north are siphoning off profits at the expense of farmers in the south.
- The concentration of companies in the food industry is constantly on the increase.
- The three largest seed producers control 50% of the global market.
- The fertiliser market grew by 30% between 1996 and 2008.
- Food corporations are endeavouring to control the entire value creation chain.
- As long ago as 1990, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated the total number of pesticide poisonings at 25 million (excluding suicides). The number of workers and farmers who have been poisoned is certainly higher today.