Bayer Suffering Buyer's Remorse For Monsanto Acquisition

Likewise, it's hard to imagine anyone lamenting the downfall of Monsanto which used its powerful lobbying muscle to get the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to exempt genetically engineered foods from safety testing even though the agency's own scientists recommended such testing for each new crop or variant.

It is a supreme irony that Monsanto and other GMO purveyors insist that GMO foods are indistinguishable from non-GMO ones. But, in fact, whenever these companies create a new GMO plant, they march right over to the patent office and claim that what they've created is novel and unique and NOT A PRODUCT OF NATURE. (Products of nature are not patentable.)

I think the reason that Bayer couldn't recognize Monsanto's character flaws before acquiring the company is that Bayer management shares those flaws and therefore doesn't perceive them as flaws.

I'm inclined to say that what's happened to Bayer and Monsanto since their marriage couldn't happen to nicer people. But then there might actually be some truly nice people who work in the combined organization who don't understand just how pernicious both partners have become through the years.

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