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Two new reports decry global influence of agribusiness

Two groups critical of industrial agriculture issued reports today detailing their views.

The ETC Group, a Canada-based organization, published a report today criticizing cooperation between the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), Nestle, Monsanto, Heineken, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Syngenta Foundation. The 30-page report says that agribusiness is having a growing influence on the multilateral food system

The ETC Group’s 30-page report titled The Greed Revolution: Mega Foundations, Agribusiness Muscle in on Public Goods charges that the growing influence of agribusiness on the multilateral food system on research funding is reducing transparency and worsening the problem of global hunger.

Also, the Global Development and Environment Institute and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy said called for limits on speculation, biofuels and land grabs in developing countries to avoid the price spikes that led to food crises in poor countries that import food.