The company surely is bad: they ruthlessly maintain a monopoly in key portions of the agricultural industry, and their stranglehold on politics prevents existing antitrust legislation from being used against them.
The products? Mostly not bad. (Though I do think that GMO crops need more extensive testing and research before being used as much as they are. By changing the genetics, we're dabbling in things that we don't fully understand, and causing changes that we might not be able to fully predict... and if a GMO ends up unexpectedly causing problems and gets loose into the environment, we may not be able to stop it. No, I'm not saying this will cause a zombie apocalypse; I'm saying that -- for example -- a GMO crop could escape its field and begin spreading over wide areas, displacing the local vegetation.)
The truly 'bad' development of Monsanto, though, is non-heirloom seeds. They deprive the farmer of the ability to replant some of his own harvest, which forces him to buy new seeds every year. (While a well-run farm with heirloom seeds would only need to buy seeds once, or on rare occasions of crop failure or un-planned-for expansion.)
I don't like mosanto, since the company have a lot of bad track record on the past. They create a lot of things that will bring bad effect to our environment.
Things like this are just popping up everywhere. I mean people just can't give us a break from attacks on UK and US to this, it's just nerve racking.
Good for Hungary! I wish more would step up to the bullying of Monsanto and other companies like it they take advantage of the little guys. I am sure most are aware of the lawsuits suing farmers than had their fields unintentionally fertilized by Monsanto pollen.
I see GMO's as dangerous to human health, as well as being a threat to the environment. In the US at least, food labels are not required to say if they contain GMO products or not, due to the political clout of agribusiness. I see some products claiming they do NOT use gmo's. Apparently it is legal to say that, although I imagine they have to be careful exactly how they say it and not claim any benefit to not using them.
What is the status of GMO labeling laws in your country?
Heh. I remember Monsanto trying to get copyrights on some species of fruits/vegetables. At least they got what they deserved.
I have seen them advertising GMO crops to the farmers on TV although Monsanto wasn't specifically mentioned.