When Bayer announced its merger with Monsanto, the world witnessed the birth of a monopolistic monster. The combined entity will control 29 percent of the world’s seeds and 24 percent of its pesticides. The Baysanto Corporation* may finally push our fragile biome over the edge. Hopefully regulators on both sides of the Atlantic will block the merger.
On Sept. 14, 2016 Bayer announced to the world it would buy Monsanto in an all-cash offer at $128 per share of stock and for a total cash consideration of $57 billion. The deal, which is horrible news for farmers, the public and the planet, is expected to be concluded in 2017.
A Corporate Marriage made in Hell
Monsanto did not have a problem saying ‘I do’ to Bayer since both partners share many of the same reprehensible values – criminality, genocide and influence peddling. Their shameful pedigrees go back to over a century, ideal partners for a marriage made in hell.
The biotech behemoth Monsanto originally manufactured food additives like artificial sweeteners and vanillin before branching out into highly poisonous pesticides, nuclear weapons and GMOs. Their products include DDT, Agent Orange, saccharin, Aspartame, PCBs, polystyrene, dioxin, recombinant bovine growth hormone, GM corn and soybean, and Roundup. Many Vietnamese suffer from hobbling physical disabilities and hideous birth defects, thanks to use of the defoliant Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.
Bayer was founded in 1863, by Friedrich Bayer and Johann Friedrich Weskott, and its chief products included aspirin, phenobarbital, and heroin, as a cough suppressant. By the 1940s, Bayer, then part of IG Farben, was one of the largest contractors to the Nazi regime, was using slave labor from concentration camp for the Reich’s construction projects. As part of the IG Farben cartel, Bayer produced Zyklon B, the gas used in Nazi gas chambers, to commit the mass murder of six million Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, and opponents of the regime. Bayer has continued with its odious ways, including the selling HIV-contaminated blood clotting medicine to Latin America, Asia, and Europe in the mid-1980s and manufacturing and distributing neonicontinoid pesticide that is responsible for massive die-off of bees around the world.
The Monsanto Protection Act gives eco-terrorist corporations like Bayer and their ilk carte blanche to ravage the earth, but people are fighting back in the courts and in international forums. The merged Bayer-Monsanto will continue to face stiff opposition, whatever form it takes.
*Baysanto is a hypothetical name for the combined Bayer-Monsanto company.
From left to right, the creators of a tyrannical behemoth: Bayer AG’s CEO, Werner Baumann, and Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant.