As a patent attorney who deals with the PTO on a daily basis, you should already know that many worse patents have already been approved. This particular article may be old news, but that does not negate the fact that Monsanto already has quite a few questionable and frightening patents.
Their attempt to patent a pig is reason enough to get pissed and discuss it, even if it is "old news".
Innovation in the agriculture industry is fine. This has nothing whatsoever to do with innovation. Quite the opposite.
"Do only evil."
So far they're on track.
Every time I turn around I see another "flying car" that just can't get off the ground financially or technically.
This one could possibly be different, but I'm just not holding my breath.
What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite. -- Bertrand Russell, "Skeptical Essays", 1928