Bayer crop unit apologizes to farmers after Twitter gaffe

By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) – Bayer AG's crop science division apologized on Monday for a tweet that suggested reduced meat demand could benefit the environment, in a bid to appease outraged farmers who buy the company's seeds and chemicals. The tweet, published on the official Bayer Crop Science (@Bayer4crops) account on Sunday, linked to a Vox.com article that said "going vegetarian can cut your food carbon footprint in half." (http://bit.ly/1mmwsdi) The post sparked a backlash on Twitter from North American grain growers who sell much of their harvests to livestock operations and from farmers who raise animals. "Oh you just lost all my business," Lance Schiele (@schiele_lance), a livestock producer and grain farmer, said in a tweet to Bayer Crop Science.

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