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Press Advisory: Concentration in Agriculture Sector and the Bayer-Monsanto Merger

Two new reports examine mega-merger’s impacts on farmers and consumers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the Department of Justice considers the approval of the Bayer-Monsanto merger, two new reports detail the impacts the merger will have on consumers, farmers and the future of “Big Data” in agriculture.

An event at the National Press Club will delve into two new research pieces on the Bayer-Monsanto merger. The first analysis explores the implications of a combined Big Data, chemical and seed platform owned by Bayer (BAYN) and Monsanto (MON) and how it may impact competition and farmer choice.

The second analysis examines how the Bayer-Monsanto merger uses the concept of market power called a “tight oligopoly on steroids” to examine the impacts of the Bayer-Monsanto merger on consumers.

Event: Concentration in the Agriculture Business and the Bayer-Monsanto Merger
When: 9:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Where: National Press Club, Zenger Room,
529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045

Panelists:  

  • Joe Maxwell, Executive Director, Organization for Competitive Markets, Moderator
  • Bill Bullard, Chief Executive Officer, Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America
  • Ben Burkett, Director, Mississippi Association of Cooperatives and President, National Family Farm Coalition
  • Mark Cooper, Ph. D., Director of Research at Consumer Federation of America
  • Leah Douglas, Reporter and Policy Analyst, Open Markets Institute
  • Erich Pica, President, Friends of the Earth

Following the event, over 1 million signatures opposing the Bayer–Monsanto merger will be delivered to the Department of Justice by representatives from the panel and the organizations that collected the signatures.

For reporters interested in an advanced copies of the embargoed reports, please contact pdavis@foe.org.

For an assessment of what the merger would mean for pesticide use, see Center for Food Safety’s blog.

Communications contacts:
Patrick Davis, (202) 222-0744, pdavis@foe.org
Brett Abrams, ( 516) 841-1105, brett@unbendablemedia.com
Angela Huffman, (614) 390-7552, ahuffman@competitivemarkets.com
Bill Freese, (814) 237-2767, bfreese@centerforfoodsafety.org
Leah Douglas, (917) 972-3489, douglas@openmarketsinstitute.org

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