Monsanto Syngenta

A good number of people who have followed Monsanto over the years probably already see the agricultural and chemical giant as unstoppable. Many have turned away from fighting them on a larger scale and focused on keeping their own cupboards clear of their poisons. For those who are still fighting the good fight, a disheartening decision looms on the horizon.

Monsanto is trying to complete a merger with Syngenta, a company that is already #3 in the world in seed production. With Monsanto as the top dog, it would seem to be a no-brainer that this cannot proceed based upon anti-trust and on the grounds of competitive fairness, but unlike similar blocked merger and acquisition attempts in telecom and manufacturing, the agricultural industry seems to be immune.

Like their RoundUp-ready seeds, the company itself seems to be lawsuit-ready. The move would have both scientific and business implications and both seem to favor Monsanto. On the scientific end, there are currently certain plants that are becoming immune to their herbicides, meaning that the merger can be positioned as a food production safeguard rather than a pure business move. Then, on the business end, it would be easy for the company to divest some of the seed assets prior to the merger in order to appease monopoly claims.

Now more than ever, we must not allow feelings of despair and helplessness overcome us. The giant may be the hardest to defeat and they seem to be getting stronger every day, but the fight must continue. We owe it to the generations that follow because we do not want to be the ones who stood by and allowed a bully to destroy the world.

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A good number of people who have followed Monsanto over the years probably already see the agricultural and chemical giant as unstoppable. Many have turned away from fighting them on a larger scale and focused on keeping their own cupboards clear of their poisons. For those who are still...