QI have read that Monsanto has sued farmers whose fields have exhibited evidence of having Monsanto seeds mixed in with an otherwise non-GMO crop, and this has occurred due to the natural tendency of plants to cross pollinate, leaving the farmers no choice

I have read that Monsanto has sued farmers whose fields have exhibited evidence of having Monsanto seeds mixed in with an otherwise non-GMO crop, and this has occurred due to the natural tendency of plants to cross pollinate, leaving the farmers no choice but not to grow corn or soy, assuming that they haven't been run out of business by Monsanto's threats. Is this a good way of doing business? Is it evidence of psychopathology on the part of Monsanto leadership, as is often claimed, or is it the American way?

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Monsanto has never sued a farmer when trace amounts of our patented seeds or traits were present in the farmer's field as an accident or as a result of inadvertent means, such as cross-pollination.  It is truly that simple, and we have publicly made that commitment.   


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