revolutions have made it so that they are difficult to control. The now Bayer CEO Werner Baumann feel to it: Actually, Bayer with the Acquisition of the controversial Seed company Monsanto wanted to help “in a revolutionary way” to feed the world – so Baumann said the 2016. The Acquisition is expected to be the crowning achievement of his long career in the Bayer group, the doubters disabuse the shareholders richer, and Bayer as the leading agricultural company in the world.

This is the Vision that now seems to be permanently in danger: The Acquisition of Monsanto could plunge Bayer in a revolutionary way, in a crisis – and in the end, possibly even the removal of Baumann itself, of the Acquisition as no one else had driven. Always apparent is how the Bayer underestimated when buying from Monsanto and the risks of the billion-dollar deals, apparently. The speech, the Monsanto, Bayer could mean, initially mainly from the reputational damage is now evident: It goes for Bayer a lot of, a lot of money.

the money will have to pay Bayer may people, the Monsanto’s weed killer glyphosate, for their cancer disease. More than 11,000 lawsuits in the USA already, and Bayer tried so far to explain the large number of, for example, with the American legal system in which lawyers on large posters on motorways with their successful actions for damages for advertise themselves, almost on a Commission basis, and the plaintiff can therefore more or less in vain before the court. According to this logic, the many court were a consequence of procedures less health problems of the plaintiffs and the plaintiff, but rather driven by lawyers and their greed for profit.

Bayer can? not explain

And the collapse in the share price Was the Bayer bosses so far, as a big misunderstanding, the media carry a corresponding responsibility. Scientists have finally identified in countless studies, that glyphosate for professional use, not cancer, is worrying, repeated the group’s mantra.

glyphosate – Background: glyphosate

was First synthesized glyphosate in 1950. Since the seventies, the substance is used in agriculture. As an essential ingredient of plant protection product Roundup of the group’s Monsanto, it kills weeds in fields with oilseed rape, Maize and other crops.

Up to today, glyphosate is by far the most widely used pesticide. Its use has doubled in the past ten years, such as the study of a pesticide researcher shows (Benbrook et al., 2016). In Germany, farmers buy every year, around 5,000 tonnes of glyphosate-plant protection products – the proportion of the active ingredient at all-selling herbicides, is a good third.

First of all, the chemical was used before sowing, in order to rid Fields of weeds. However, since there are genetically modified plants that are glyphosate-resistant, it can also be used after sowing.

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