How Global Seed Market Poses Risk to Food Supply

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Tuesday, January 15th
Consolidation of the Global seed market is posing a major risk to the world's food supply. A new analysis finds only four seed companies control more than 60 percent of the global market.

Experts say the consolidation leads to less choice and higher prices for farmers. It can also thwart innovation and increase the restrictions on how a plant seed is used and exchanged.

KCBS Radio News anchor Rebecca Corral spoke with Phillip Howard, Associate Professor in the Department of Community Sustanibility at Michigan State University. He's tracked the industry for the last 20-plus-years.