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What the Bayer-Monsanto Merger Means for Food, Farmers and the Environment

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What the Bayer-Monsanto Merger Means for Food, Farmers and the Environment

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http://www.dw.com/en/what-the-bayer-monsanto-merger-means-
for-food-farmers-and-the-environment/a-19296103

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A shorter URL for the above link:

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http://tinyurl.com/jc54aur

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Monsanto’s takeover by Bayer could create a GMO juggernaut too powerful for Europe to resist, while conveniently “disappearing” a tarnished brand, critics say. Concerns abound over concentration in the seed market.

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This past May, environmentalists amassed in cities around the world once again for their annual “March Against Monsanto,” which for four years has been protesting the world’s most infamous producer of genetically modified crops. But next year, the demonstrators will longer have a Monsanto to protest against.

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The protestors haven’t succeeded in shutting the company down. On the contrary, the firm has become so successful that one of Germany’s largest companies has acquired it for $66 billion (59 billion euros).
Monsanto’s merger with Bayer, the international chemical and pharmaceutical company most famous for producing Aspirin, is the largest-ever foreign takeover bid from a German company. Both companies produce pesticides, and together would control 28 percent of the global pesticide market. Bayer’s offer was sealed on Wednesday (14.09.2016).
The size of the combined company will invite close scrutiny by competition regulators. But its potentially dominant position in the agrochemical field has also raised alarm on environmental grounds.

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Opponants are now pinning their hopes on the European Commission in Brussels, which still must approve or reject the merger.

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But Jan Pehrke from the German nongovernmental organization Coalition Against Bayer-Dangers says a rejection is highly unlikely. “I think we can’t stop the merger at this point, it’s done,” he says.

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The commission is likel to act, he thinks – but added that this probably won’t do enough. “They may force Bayer to sell its cotton business, or some of its pesticide businesses, because of competition concerns. But they can’t force a rollback of the new combined concentration in the market,” Pehrke told DW.

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Burying a tarnished brand

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The reaction has been particularly strong in Germany, where the German public is widely opposed to genetically modified crops, or GMOs. US-based Monsanto pulled out of the GMO market in Europe years ago because of the EU’s de facto moratorium on growing such crops. But the company continues to be involved in importing GMO crops into the EU.
Monsanto has become the main target of the anti-GMO movement globally – particularly in Europe, where it faces ongoing controversy over its most widely-used weed killer glyphosate, which environmentalists continue to seek to ban.

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Although EU authorization for glyphosate ran out this past June, the European Commission gave it a provisional extension, for 18 months.

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Many observers expect Bayer to drop the Monsanto name. Asked by the German newspaper “Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung” whether Bayer would bury the Monsanto brand, Bayer chief executive Werner Baumann had said: “Suffice to say that Bayer enjoys an excellent reputation and appeal worldwide. We must take advantage of that.”

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Though Bayer is involved in many of the same activities, it has escaped negative public perception in Europe that its American counterpart has.
Jan Perhke, who is also with the Coalition Against Bayer-Dangers, says it has been harder to make the public aware of Bayer’s pesticide activities because it is involved in more diversified activity than Monsanto – which deals mostly in seeds and GMOs.

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