POLL: Monsanto Third Most Hated Company in the World

Back in 2011, we declared Monsanto to be the worst company of the year for threatening both human health and the environment at large.

Mike Barrett

Our decision was met with massive support, even amid the still growing climate of understanding when it came to what Monsanto and mega biotech at large were truly doing to the food supply. In 2014, however, the global resistance is making even greater strides.

Now, a relatively new poll from Nielsen found that Monsanto’s reputation ranked 3rd worst among 60 high-profile companies, right behind oil juggernaut BP (responsible for the worst oil spill in U.S. history) and Bank of America (known for being a key player in the meltdown of the financial market).

Monsanto, a major biotech corporation responsible for genetically modifying and taking over many of the nation’s crops, isn’t necessarily a consumer-facing company. Yet it faces public opposition unlike no other.

As reported by 247Wallst:

“3. Monsanto
> Reputation score: 57.27
> 2013 Reputation score: 61.70

…few businesses have had such a long-running negative public perception. The company’s promotion of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has been controversial because many consumers remain suspicious about crop engineering. Monsanto has also actively worked to protect seed patents, including suing farmers who have used its seeds without permission and proper payments. The company’s opposition to proposed GMO labeling laws, which require that foods sold to consumers containing GMOs include a label, has also not helped its image.”

The Many Reasons to Hate Monsanto

Numerous scientific studies have found Monsanto’s products, from GMO crops to top-selling pesticides, to be endangering the planet at an incredibly fast rate. It took Monsanto less than 2 decades to convert much of the nation’s crops to GMO, leading to 98% of corn and 94% of soy to be genetically modified — among other crops.

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