Bayer's Acquisition of Monsanto: Public Perception
Most citizens of the United States are concerned about Bayer's recent acquisition of Monsanto for various reasons including monopolies on farms and the long-term effects on food contamination. American farmers across 48 states believe that this acquisition would negatively impact their farming communities.
PUBLIC PERCEPTION TOWARDS BAYER'S RECENT ACQUISITION OF MONSANTO/ROUND UP
- According to a report published by Friends of the Earth on the Public Policy Polling poll of over 1,506 American voters, nine out of 10 United States citizens are seriously concerned about the acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer. Most of the respondents expressed negative thoughts about the acquisition's impact on independent farmers, food safety, and jobs.
- The poll also revealed that 92% of Trump voters along with 90% of Americans overall believe that the government must take "a more aggressive stance towards corporate monopolies".
- Over 85% of the country's citizens believe that this acquisition will increase the toxic contamination of their food. The respondents claimed that chemical contamination of farmlands and food are the most serious concerns in terms of the acquisition's impact on the public's quality of life.
- In an attempt to prevent the merger of Bayer and Monsanto, organizations such as ActionAid raised funds and wrote letters to the Congress in 2018. SunOfUs, an organization established to hold corporations accountable, organized a petition to stop the Bayer-Monsanto merger and collected over 547,719 signatures of the targeted 750,000.
POLL RESULTS OF UNITED STATES CITIZEN PERCEPTION
- According to the PPP poll, about 69% of respondents had very serious concerns while 21% had somewhat serious concerns about the fact that the merger of Bayer and Monsanto will likely control a large percentage of the world's seed supply.
- Of those surveyed, 57% strongly opposed the acquisition due to the fact that both parties (Bayer and Monsanto) will control over 70% of the country's cotton market and three-quarters of the country's corn supply.
- The poll revealed that 63% of respondents strongly opposed the merger due to the fact that after the deal, 95% of seeds will contain hybrid chemicals and gene such as Roundup. It was also found that 19% of respondents somewhat opposed the deal while only 7% strongly supported it.
- When asked about their concerns on the possibility of a loss in jobs 53% of respondents were very concerned, 29% were somewhat concerned, 11% were not too concerned, and about 6% of respondents were not concerned at all.
- On the subject of possible harm caused to farming communities and independent farmers due to the Bayer-Monsanto deal, 71% of the respondents were very concerned, 19% of them were somewhat concerned, 5% were not too concerned, and 4% we not concerned at all.
- When asked about the greatest concern in regard to Bayer's acquisition of Monsanto, 18% of respondents believed that the increased chemical contamination of farmland was the greatest concern while 16% of them believed that the contamination of food was the greatest concern. The other factors that were considered as some of the greatest concerns are as follows,
- Increase in the cost of food products = 15% of respondents
- A decrease in the quality of food products = 13% of respondents
- Harm caused to farming communities and independent farmers = 12% of respondents
- A decrease in product choices at the local grocery store = 7%
- Lesser supply of organic food = 6%
- Harm caused to the environment = 6%
- Decreased innovation in agriculture = 2%
UNITED STATES FARMER PERCEPTION ABOUT BAYER ACQUISITION OF MONSANTO
- In March 2018, a survey that asked farmers from 48 states in the country unanimously expressed their concerns about the negative impact the deal will have on the country's farming communities. According to the Friends of the Earth's senior food futures campaigner, Tiffany Finck-Haynes, "the only answer to this merger is NO".
- Based on the farmers' poll, 93.7% of American farmers are concerned about the Bayer-Monsanto deal and its possible negative impacts on both, farming communities and independent farmers.
- The poll revealed that farmers are concerned about the following three aspects,
- Over 91.9% of the farmers surveyed claimed that they were concerned that after the deal, the company will utilize its "dominance in one product to push sales of other products".
- Over 91.7% of American farmers were concerned about the control the Bayer-Monsanto company would have on farming practices.
- Over 89% of American farmers believed that the Bayer-Monsanto deal will increase the pressure for farming that is chemically dependent.
In order to determine the public perception towards Bayer's recent acquisition of Monsanto, we searched for the top polls that were executed around the public sentiment. We also looked for press releases and reports from websites such as EcoWatch and organizations that hold corporations accountable such as ActionAid and SumOfUs. We were able to provide a detailed overview of the public perception towards Bayer's acquisition of Monsanto through the various national polls conducted along with surveys that were concentrated on American farmers' perception.