Biodiversity

Seed
Young seedling © Meriel Jane Waissman

Seed diversity and food security threatened by an overly concentrated EU seed market

29.01.2014

Greens/EFA conference

The event will highlight the question of the already existing market concentration in the EU seed market and the dominance of a small group of multinational companies in the EU seed market. Therefore, the proposed regulation of the EC is based on false assumptions and benefits the seed lobby and giant seed companies.


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Seed
Young seedling © Meriel Jane Waissman

Concentration of market power in the EU seed market

A study commissioned by the Greens/EFA

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