Monsanto becomes Bayer, different name, same problems

This video from the USA says about itself:

Bayer Buys Monsanto: Two Deadly Corporations Now Become One

17 September 2016

The Bayer corporation has successfully bid $66 billion to buy out chemical giant Monsanto, making these two corrupt organizations into one deadly behemoth.

Read more here.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Toxic company name disappears: Monsanto becomes Bayer

The name Monsanto disappears. The seed breeder merges with its parent company, the chemical corporation Bayer. The merger will put an end to one of the most controversial company names in the world, although the company remains the same.

The NOS article makes it look as if the Bayer name, contrary to the Monsanto name, is squeaky clean. It is not. Bayer: from killing human beings in Auschwitz to killing bees, killing water animals and killing birds today.

Monsanto produces genetically modified seeds and pesticides for agriculture. The German chemical group Bayer bought the American company in 2016. The US government recently approved the acquisition. The European Commission already agreed in March. …

The merger of Monsanto and Bayer creates the largest seed and chemical company in the world. Bayer wants to be stronger with the acquisition of Monsanto versus Chemchina/Syngenta and DowDupont. These are the only two serious competitors left. …

Unlike the competitors’, the Monsanto name is notorious.

The brand names of these competitors are not squeaky clean either. On Chemchina/Syngenta: here. On Dow Chemical: here. On Dupont: here.

This is mainly due to one of Monsanto‘s most lucrative products, the weed control product Roundup. The company sells both the pesticide and the genetically modified agricultural seeds that are resistant to the poison (‘Roundup Ready’). … many environmental organizations are critical about the effects of Roundup on nature and on our food.

The corporation has also received strong criticism on other issues. For example, the company patented vegetable varieties: if others want to use the seeds of that vegetable variety, it is necessary to pay for it. Monsanto was also the maker of the defoliation agent Agent Orange that was used during the Vietnam War, which led to various forms of cancer.

These companies used to sell heroin and Agent Orange. Now, they want to form the world’s largest supplier of seeds and pesticides. Two giants of the farming and chemical industries agreed to merge Wednesday in a $66 billion deal: the U.S.’s Monsanto and Germany’s Bayer, the original maker of aspirin. It’s the year’s biggest deal and will create the world’s largest supplier of seeds and farm chemicals, with $26 billion in combined annual revenue from agriculture. If the merger goes through, it will combine two companies with a long and storied history that shaped what we eat, the drugs we take and how we grow our food: here.

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