Indian farmers and environmental groups are in the country's capital New Delhi to protest genetically modified crops grown in India and the US company that sells the seeds, Monsanto. They want to take back control of their farming industry.
Amid vocal street protests from environmentalists, chief executive Werner Baumann has described the multi-billion-dollar takeover of Monsanto as a perfect fit despite the US chemical giant's "challenging image."
At Bayer's annual general meeting in Bonn, environmentalists and politicians voiced discontent over the proposed takeover. Both companies have come under fire for substandard ethical and environmental practices.
German firm Bayer's acquisition of US seeds company Monsanto, if approved, would create the world's largest agribusiness. But the deal has drawn criticism in India and sparked concerns among the nation's farmers.
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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