This week marked the two-year anniversary of the first of five workshops held by the Justice and Agriculture departments as part of a 2010 effort to engage the public on competition issues affecting agriculture. More than 15,000 public comments later, and neither agency has provided a formal response to the public about what they discovered and what they’re doing to confront anticompetitive conduct, especially in the seed industry. OSA provided detailed descriptions of the problems, as well as solutions, in this letter and continues to raise the visibility of the consequences of seed concentration for farmer choice, innovation, and food security through public presentations and policy organizing.
Kristina (Kiki) Hubbard is the director of advocacy and communications for Organic Seed Alliance. She currently leads efforts to promote policies and actions that support organic seed systems, including managing OSA’s State of Organic Seed project.