Is it because this multinational corporation pioneered some enormously successful genetically engineered crops, including corn, soybeans, and cotton?
Maybe, but I suspect that much of the passion is inspired by Monsanto’s hard-line approach to ownership of those crops. Monsanto claims those seeds — and all offspring of those seeds — as its intellectual property. Farmers aren’t allowed to save and replant any part of their harvest; if they do, Monsanto takes them to court and demands large damages. Critics call the company bullying and ruthless.