We offer a brief overview of the expansion of agribusiness in the global
food system in the past two decades, with some thoughts on what we can
expect from these companies in the years ahead.
Back in the early 1990s, many of Seedling’s pages were devoted to
discussions about international treaties and public research agendas.
Corporations were part of the discussion, but mainly as a looming threat,
one group of actors pushing forward the industrial model of agriculture that
was destroying agricultural biodiversity. Fast- forward twenty years, and
the landscape has changed. Corporate power in the food system has grown by
leaps and bounds. Today corporations set the global rules, with governments
and public research centres following their lead.
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