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Seed Control

From 16% twenty years ago to over 70% today. Our food security may be controlled by a small group, fewer than 10 very large corporations. They decide prices, varieties, conditions of growth. They manage patents and intellectual property rights. They make agreements with governments and public institutions. And they have a strong influence on regulations, laws and treaties.

In this three-part series,  EuroScientist publishes the outcome of a data and science journalism investigation, which opens the discussion about the interaction between industry and farmers in the global seeds business. This makes for fascinating reading.

Seeds and famers stories

By Elisabetta Tola and Marco Boscolo, Science journalists, formicablu, & Michelle Nel, science journalist, Oxpeckers, Italy and South Africa, respectively.

A consolidated market

By Elisabetta Tola and Marco Boscolo, Science journalists, formicablu, & Michelle Nel, science journalist, Oxpeckers, Italy and South Africa, respectively.

Local innovation challenge

By Elisabetta Tola and Marco Boscolo, Science journalists, formicablu, & Michelle Nel, science journalist, Oxpeckers, Italy and South Africa, respectively.

SEEDcontrol is a project born from the partnership between formicablu, an Italian science communication agency, and Oxpeckers, a South African Center for Investigative Environmental Journalism. Specifically, the project has been designed by Elisabetta Tola and Fiona Macleod.

SEEDcontrol has been developed thanks to the “The Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme” of the European Journalism Center (EJC) – journalismgrants.org and with the co-funding of formicablu.

Photo credit: Paul Morris via Unsplash

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