Agriculture antitrust concerns

cornThe Justice and Agriculture Departments are launching a series of year-long public meetings to explore if antitrust practices in the agriculture industry are driving up food prices — with the big target being Monsanto, the world’s largest seed firm.  Law Professor Keith Hylton, an authority on antitrust law, says the productivity of Monsanto’s genetically engineered seeds must be considered.

“Conventional seeds may have all but disappeared. Because they are so much less productive than the genetically engineered variety, few large-scale farm operations have an interest in them now.  This is a question for the regulators to consider.”

Contact Keith Hylton, 617-353-8959, knhylton@bu.edu

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