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OPINION: Don’t Stop at Big Tech—We Need to Bust Big Agriculture, Too

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OPINION: Don’t Stop at Big Tech—We Need to Bust Big Agriculture, Too

Photo: Beyond anticompetitive practices, rising concentration has implications for our national food security. Photography by Marek Musil on Shutterstock. Article by Rob Larew and Diana Moss. Modern Farmer – February 03, 2021.

A wave of consolidation has given a few large companies control of proprietary, multi-level systems of traits, seeds, agrochemicals and digital technology.

Amid Congressional investigation and federal, state and private antitrust cases, all eyes are on Big Tech. The step up in antitrust enforcement against the digital technology behemoths and their alleged abuses of market power is, by all accounts, good news. Successful cases could restore competition, which would benefit smaller businesses and American consumers alike. And after decades of under-enforcement of the antitrust laws in the United States, these cases could deliver some base hits—and even home runs—for a critical area of law enforcement. […]

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