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  •  farmers "steal" it whether they want to or not (4+ / 0-)
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    This is because wind-pollinated crops - like all grains: wheat, rice, oats, barley, etc. - literally throw their pollen to the winds and there's no real control over where it goes.  Even plants that use pollinators like bees are vulnerable, because bees don't restrict themselves to a single farm, especially not since they're trucked all over the country.  It's actually very easy for GMO plants to cross-pollinate with non-GMO plants on neighboring farms, and the resulting hybrids are regarded by Monsanto as "theft": i.e. you have our genes in your plants but you aren't giving us money for them.  Monsanto has an entire division dedicated to running around testing crops for their trademarked genes in a very successful attempt to catch these "thieves", who Monsanto then sues.

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