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food 'clusters', archive 749



>From MichaelP:
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>   Three clusters already were apparent, it said -- Conagra,
>   Cargill/Monsanto and Novartis AG/Archer Daniels Midland.


Let's face it; Conagra, Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland are already
"food clusters".  Monsanto and Novartis each control less than 10% of the
world agri-pesticide market, and have much less influence than that on the
seed market. As the report noted, the clusters were sketched on the basis
of any joint operations, even if comparatively small. Monsanto and Novartis
need Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland much more to market their
technologies than Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland need Monsanto and
Novartis. Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland are already dominant.

By comparison, Microsoft controls 90% of the world's personal computer
operating systems. Monsanto is currently worth about $25 billion. Bill
Gates's personal fortune is greater than $50 billion, never mind what
Microsoft is worth.

Rick


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