Nearly 500K Sign SumOfUs Petition Opposing Bayer, Monsanto Merger

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July 14, 2016

Corporate Watchdog Warns of Potential Bayer/Monsanto Merger, as Bayer Increases Its Bid for the US Agribusiness Giant

Nearly 500,000 Sign Petition Opposing Bayer/Monsanto Merger

SumOfUs Warns Bayer/Monsanto Merger Would Radically Threaten Global Food Systems

Earlier today, Germany’s Bayer AG expanded its takeover offer for Monsanto to $65 billion in an effort to overcome Monsanto’s resistance to the proposed merger.

In reaction to the news, Anne Isakowitsch, a Berlin-based campaigner for SumOfUs, an international corporate watchdog issued the following statement:

“Bayer’s latest bid for Monsanto is a desperate attempt to make a potentially illegal deal more palatable for Monsanto shareholders and global consumers - but if this deal goes through it would spell disaster for our food supply and farmers, ushering in a new era of sterile crops soaked in dangerous pesticides.

“This new corporation would be the biggest seed maker and pesticide company in the world – defying important antitrust protections that would allow it to control critical aspects of our food supply in a way that would undermine consumer choices and the stability of farmers worldwide.

“Nearly 500,000 SumOfUs members around the world oppose this dangerous merger and will continue to work to make sure that this deal never happens.”

Nearly 500,000 SumOfUs members around the world have signed onto a petition opposing the potential merger of Monsanto and Bayer.

VIEW THE PETITION HERE: https://actions.sumofus.org/a/stop-the-bayer-monsanto-mega-merger

According to SumOfUs, the proposed merger would: