Global MarchIn Harris Poll’s 2015 study of America’s most loved and hated companies, Monsanto garnered a “poor” rating and ranked fourth-lowest -- not as bad as bottom-of-the-table Goldman Sachs Group Inc., but nevertheless lagging behind companies including BP Plc and Halliburton Co., both of which were involved in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. On Saturday, activists in locations around the world will participate in the March Against Monsanto, according to the organizers, who are calling for further research on the health effects of GMOs. is a Twitter hashtag in regular use. Canadian rock star Neil Young released an album last year called "The Monsanto Years." Sample lyric: "When corporate control takes over the American farm/With fascist politicians and chemical giants walking arm in arm." Monsanto has manufactured controversial compounds throughout its history, including highly toxic polychlorinated biphenyls, also known as PCBs. It was also among companies that made the mixture of herbicides known as Agent Orange and used as a defoliant by the U.S. in the Vietnam War.
PR MachineIn the event of a deal, Bayer would probably drop the Monsanto name and conduct a review of its business practices, including how to litigate on patents, Schiffer said. Such moves might encourage investment from money mangers who until now “didn’t want to be aligned with evil,” he said. Bayer declined to comment on Monsanto’s reputation. Monsanto has been at the center of the GMO debate for so long it operates a
well-oiled public-relations machine. The company has recruited scientists to write about the advantages of plant biotechnology. It has invited reporters to tour its St. Louis headquarters, while Chief Technology Officer Robb Fraley has become a regular GMO booster on social media. On Friday, Monsanto launched a social media campaign to promote science. Monsanto has worked hard to be part of debates surrounding food and agriculture and has invested to provide the public with information about the company and its role in the food chain, spokeswoman Sara Miller said Thursday in an e-mailed statement.