Target: William J. Baer, Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, Department of Justice
Goal: Block the Monsanto-Sygenta merger and prevent monopoly control of the earth’s food supply.
Two seed and pesticide giants could soon merge to become the largest in the world, creating a clear monopoly that would have incredible power. If these two behemoths are allowed to unite, this giant merger would produce a company that could rule unchallenged over the earth’s food supply. Monsanto would enjoy near monopoly control over all agricultural production on this planet and, even worse, would own Sygenta, one of the world’s largest producers of pesticides that kill bees.
Countless small farmers across the globe are already ruled by Monsanto. They’re forced to use Monsanto’s genetically engineered seeds and pesticides because they have no other source or alternative. Monsanto’s seeds are sterile and cannot be gathered with the harvest. They must be newly purchased every year, which is a clear hardship for poorer countries accustomed to gathering their seed.
Monsanto became the largest seed company in the world by buying up other seed companies. Sygenta is the third largest seed company and the world’s largest producer of pesticides. It’s just what Monsanto needs for near global dominance over food. Putting these two companies together would create unprecedented power, enough to force pesticide-saturated and genetically engineered agriculture on small farmers everywhere until all of us are forced to eat a toxic meal.
Sygenta has indicated it must have more money for the merger to go through, but this merger must be stopped under current antitrust laws or the entire world will forfeit any hope of protecting the food chain from irreparable damage. Sign to urge the assistant attorney general to put a stop to the deal.
Dear Assistant Attorney General Baer,
The Monsanto-Sygenta merger would create an unprecedented colossus of a company. Monsanto is already the largest seed company and one of the largest pesticide companies in the world while Sygenta, the third largest seed company globally, is also the world’s largest pesticide producer. If this merger is allowed, it will produce a single company with near global dominance over how food is produced and give Monsanto unprecedented market share in soybeans and corn seeds. Doesn’t this proposed merger make a complete mockery of the concept of anti-trust laws?
If blatant monopoly weren’t reason enough to oppose it, we’re talking about Monsanto, which has spent countless millions fighting the labeling of its Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and wants federal legislation to permanently deny Americans any right to see GMO ingredients on labels. Enough is enough. If this merger doesn’t trigger anti-trust action, nothing will. This merger should be unequivocally denied.
[Your Name Here]
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