Monsanto is among the most dangerous corporations in history. The EU granting it even more power is a disconcerting possibility.
Of course, the strong public opposition to this merger is an example to see how democratic a society is. In an actual democracy, strong majority public opinion support will have a significant impact on policy. Contrast that with what’s often been seen in practice.
“The planned merger between these giant agribusiness corporations has very little public support,” noted Adrian Bebb, a food and farming campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe. “EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager has built her reputation on holding powerful corporations to account, and she must seize the opportunity to block this dangerous and unpopular merger.”
Opponents have sent more than 50,000 emails and more than 5,000 letters to Vestager, according to Reuters. More than 200 advocacy groups have come out (pdf) against the merger, and more than a million people have signed a pair of petitions by SumOfUs and WeMove.eu.
Friends of the Earth Europe, on Twitter, highlighted a YouGov poll that found a majority of respondents from Germany, France, Spain, Denmark, and the U.K. believe it is “very” or “fairly important” for the European Commission to block the merger.