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  • Joseph Najjar's picture
    Joseph Najjar
    12.14.2013
    That would depend on annual purchasing trends by the farmers in each region. Every year there are different environmental and biological stresses to consider. Will it be a dry or wet year? Hot or cold? Do you want to plant early or late? I do not know any exact numbers on how much seed Monsanto sells each year, but they are simply supplying a demand. If farmers want to purchase other seed, they are completely free to do so. Many farmers chose their seed based on which cultivar will fit their needs. If Monsanto does indeed have a large percentage of the market, it is only because they offer a superior product. There are other seed companies all around the US and the World that do similar research and produce similar seeds to Monsanto's, although with different genes being used, due to Intellectual Patent laws. GM seed allows farmers to use less water and fewer pesticides on their crops, while increasing the yield and biodiversity in their fields, depending on which cultivars they use. This results in more food being produced, for a lower price, and less strain on the environment. That's efficiency and sustainability far above what can be expected with organic methods.