For all of Cockburn's Socialist leanings he has been a consistent voice in speaking out against the abuses of power in Washington regardless of whether they come from the left or the right. He has recently criticized Obama, Socialist Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders, Al Gore, "Global Warming" & the NY Times for example. His criticisms of Borlaug were equally justified.
While the PR on Borlaug fueled by Monsanto dollars sure sounds good, the fact that he lead much of the drive to patent seed stocks & create genetically modified organisms (which unleashes an entire new strain of viruses upon an unsuspecting public) brings his PR label very much into question. The end result of his work has destroyed the bio-diversity several regions of the world all the while creating massive profits for one of the most dangerous corporations on the planet.