The farmer, farmworker, beekeeper, religious, international development, and environmental groups claim that the three resulting companies will concentrate market power and "exacerbate the problems caused by industrial farming – with negative consequences for the public, farmers and farm workers, consumers, the environment, and food security" in an open letter to the European Commission and Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager.
The European and national organisations – together representing millions of members – state that the proposed mergers of Dow Chemical with DuPont, Monsanto with Bayer AG, and Syngenta with ChemChina will lead to an unacceptable monopoly, with three companies controlling around 70% of the world's agro-chemicals and more than 60% of commercial seeds.
The Commission should say no to these mergers!" Adrian Bebb of Friends of the Earth Europe said: "Europe's food and farming system is broken and if giant firms, like Monsanto and Bayer, are allowed to merge they will have an even tighter toxic grip on our food.
Today the producers of pesticides are big, but after such a merger they will be too big for anybody to bring them on a path to worker and environmental protection.
The report "Sustainable Development: The stakes could not be higher" details the need to address power imbalances in food systems to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Chapter 3, 'Sustainable Food Consumption and Production – From Farm to Fork')