🖤 Donations of all sizes power our public service journalism Give Now

The Biden administration wants more competition in the seed industry

Mar 7, 2023
Just four companies control more than 60% of the global market.
An estimated 60% of global seed sales are controlled by just four companies.
Maja Hitij/Getty Images

Surviving Brexit, one seed at a time

Apr 29, 2019
In response to anxieties, Paolo Arrigo of Franchi Seeds is selling Brexit "survival kits." They're a hit.
Paolo Arrigo is the director of Franchi Seeds.
Courtesy of the BBC

Who owns the seeds bought by farmers and gardeners?

Aug 14, 2017
As companies like Monsanto and DuPont gain patent rights to seeds, one group of plant breeders is trying to create an alternate open access seed market.
Brian Campbell and Crystine Goldberg are breeding seeds for the Open Source Seed Initiative on their farm near Bellingham, Washington.
Eilis O'Neill/ for Marketplace

GMO acreage falls — along with commodity prices

Apr 13, 2016
For crops where GMO seeds are big, they're 90 percent of the market
Corn grows in a field near Roscoe, Illinois.
Scott Olson/Getty Images