You mean taking actions that make perfect sense from a business perspective? I get that farming used to be this holy practice and a central part of our culture, but that world is over. Farmers will compete with each other and the ones that fail to keep ahead will go bankrupt. Which is better for everyone in the long run. The idea that Monsanto is “forcing” farmers to sign contracts is just dubious. Contracts require all signatories to be willing and competent under the law or they aren’t legitimate. This is Torts 101.
I won’t pretend the company is totally innocent and always has been, but lets be practical here. The US government slaughtered the entire indigenous population of America. Nobody blames them today because they’re under new management and vastly new rules.
If we were to disband them to “open up competition”, they aren’t going to very well spill all the dirty details on all their most sophisticated methods and technologies. Many of their top employees have ND agreements already (also not forced). Is sacrificing the potential for a better fed population really worth letting a few holier-than-thou types get their 15 minutes of fame over issues that happened decades ago?
The thing that none of Monsanto’s critics want to admit is that the company has ultimately been a force for good in the world. They’ve advanced agriculture massively and are directly responsible for many more millions of people being alive today than would have been possible without them. And not that its a relevant point anyway but they’ve saved WAY more lives than they’ve harmed.