Monsanto has been vilified around the globe by environmental activists and yet Bayer still seeks to acquire it and merge it with its own crop-chemicals operations. Activist groups consider Monsanto evil and even hold rallies across the world in protest of the company. So, can Bayer turn that image around if it acquires Monsanto, and what will the activists do then?

Bayer will have a publicity challenge on its hands if it acquires Monsanto. It's likely that activists will turn their vitriol on to Bayer, which is why many are speculating that Bayer would drop the Monsanto name completely.

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