Press Statement: 
The Bayer-Monsanto Mega Merger Puts Profits over People and the Planet

NATIONAL (May 30, 2018) - Yesterday the Department of Justice approved a $66 billion dollar deal merging agribusiness giants Monsanto and Bayer, creating the world’s biggest seed and agri-chemical company. The approval of the Bayer-Monsanto merger further demonstrates that our current anti-trust laws favor corporate profits over people and the planet.This devastating merger will allow a single entity to control a huge portion of our food and farm systems - some estimates predict that this merger will leave just three companies controlling 59 percent of the global seed supply, and 70 percent of the international pesticide market.

The HEAL Food Alliance strongly opposes this merger, which enables a corporation to have a new level of economic and political power that will further distort the marketplace and burden our communities.

Our alliance is committed to:

Protecting independent farmers and rural communities: Independent farmers nationwide are deeply concerned that this merger will increase pressure to practice chemical-dependent farming, cause seed and input costs to escalate, and increase corporate control of the agricultural economy and their farming operations. Such changes would lead to increased doses of herbicides and pesticides that would harm wildlife, contaminate neighboring fields, and threaten the drinking water and health of rural communities.

Ensuring the resilience of our seed supply: Projections show that this concentration will reduce farmers’ choices for purchasing seeds and other inputs. In the face of climate change and for the sake of cultural resilience, cultivating seed diversity is more important than ever to sustain our communities.

Protecting the integrity of public institutions: Monsanto and Bayer already independently spend millions of dollars each year to fund research at public universities, and studies show that industry-funded research is much more likely to reach pro-industry conclusions than other research.

More than anything, this merger is a reminder that we need governing structures that impose real limits on corporate power and the political systems that shape and regulate our food and agriculture systems. As always, HEAL remains committed to transparent food and farming systems that prioritize the health of our people and our planet over corporate profit. We will continue to fight for stronger anti-trust laws and resist the corporate control of our lands, our air, our water, our communities, our cultures, our people, our system of agriculture, our lives, and our planet.                
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About the HEAL Food Alliance
HEAL is a multi-sector, multi-racial coalition building collective power to transform our food and farm systems. We are led by our member-organizations, and strive to amplify the experience and expertise of frontline communities who are most burdened by the disparities of our current systems. Together, we are developing solutions to drive change.

Press Contact
Neshani Jani, Communications Director
+1 (510) 974-3771
Neshani@healfoodalliance.org