Whenever there is discussion about the impacts of livestock production that has been imposed on native predators, someone almost always brings up “predator friendly” livestock operations. It is a way to have your beef and eat it too. For some people giving up meat eating is something they can’t imagine, despite the many health and environmental costs of a meat diet, in particular, the mortality that predators suffer at the hands of livestock producers. Some folks want to feel like it’s possible to be a meat eater and save wolves, cougars, bears, and coyotes that are persecuted by the livestock industry.
The marriage of Monsanto with Bayer breaks records not only due to its size but because of its evil smell, and not only due to Monsanto’s reputation for deadly trails of everything from disappearing wild flowers and butterflies to poverty-stricken family farmers forced to buy its seeds and pesticides.
For Bayer, perhaps best known for its aspirins, so helpful ever since 1897, or other useful medicines, has a trail marked with death in far, far greater numbers. It was Bayer, together with two other chemical giants, BASF and Hoechst, which developed the terrible chlorine gas used in World War I. In 1925 the three formed a giant cartel, IG Farben (Joint Interest Association Dyes), which became the world’s leader in pharmaceutics, dyes and chemicals, often after deals with DuPont and Standard Oil.