Poll: Is it positive for the GMO debate for Bayer to retire the name Monsanto?



The name Monsanto is headed for retirement. Bayer has confirmed it will no longer use the name after it closes its US$63 billion acquisition of Monsanto. Monsanto has been the target of anti-GMO activists for years, serving as a corporate lightning rod for critics of genetic modification and crop protection technology in general. Whether referenced in protestors’ signs at annual “March against Monsanto” events (above) or in often ill-informed social media conversations, for a significant portion of society, the Monsanto name and brand represents something broader than the St. Louis-based company. Even when Monsanto isn’t involved, the name has often…

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