EXCLUSIVE: Monsanto chief accuses rival DuPont of deceit

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He said his group was formed 11 year ago and that “we have fought every big agribusiness.”

Mr. Stokes said the conference, called “Confronting the threats to Market Competition,” spent about a quarter of the time focusing on Monsanto and concentration in the seed business. He said the rest of the time was spent on other issues such as food retailing.

The speakers at the conference included a number of federal government officials such as Philip J. Weiser, deputy assistant attorney general for the antitrust division of the Justice Department. Mr. Weiser’s speech dealt with the administration’s approach to antitrust issues and historic cases.

“We accepted the invitation to speak at the conference as we saw this as an opportunity to highlight the Department of Justice and USDA’s recent announcement to hold unprecedented joint workshops about competition and regulatory issues in the agriculture industry,” Justice spokeswoman Gina Talamona said.

“We want to hear from every interested party, including farmers, ranchers, consumers and agribusinesses about the important issues in this industry. We look forward to the open dialogue the workshops will provide.”

The OCM, which describes itself as a “think tank” has started a Seed Concentration Project to “bring fairness and competition back to the U.S. seed industry.”

It points out on its Web site that Monsanto “controls a high percentage of the global seed market and continues to increase its dominance by acquiring or merging with a significant number of companies in its industry.”

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