The Associated Press ran an article chastising Monsanto
While the article paints Monsanto as a rather mean company -- the agriculture giant even felt the need to issue a press release to respond -- I'm not sure investors should care. Perhaps they should even be smiling a little. The shrewd business practices are exactly what you'd want from a good investment.
Monsanto has become the giant that it is by licensing its gene traits to other seed companies. Is it ruthless in those negotiations? Absolutely, but that's what we'd expect from a company protecting its intellectual property. No one is forcing small seed companies to license the traits. They want to because Monsanto has useful traits like Roundup Ready that farmers want. Better products cost more.
The Associated Press and DuPont
Of course, one man's shrewd business practices are another man's antitrust violations. The Department of Justice is investigating the company and investors should factor that into their valuation. Still, it's not like Netscape took out Microsoft
Socially responsible definitely isn't one of the 10 reasons Jim Mueller likes this stock.