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Bon appétit EU, hope your stolen soy tastes sweet

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The United States is constantly condemned for keeping its domestic farmers on their feet during times of low prices. I wonder, where is the global indignation at the European Union’s refusal to punish Argentine soybean producers who steal and replant patented soybean seed.

The United States is constantly condemned for keeping its domestic farmers on their feet during times of low prices. I wonder, where is the global indignation at the European Union’s refusal to punish Argentine soybean producers who steal and replant patented soybean seed.

In case you didn’t know, the EU Court of Justice ruled in July that Monsanto cannot block Argentine farmers from exporting to Europe soy meal made from Roundup Ready soybeans.

The ruling says Monsanto’s European patent “cannot stop sales of the processed final product.”

Roundup Ready soybeans are widely planted in Argentina, where there is no patent protection for the technology. About 95 percent of soybeans grown in the country are Roundup Ready, bought from the black market.

How can the World Trade Organization square the fact that the U.S. farmer pays for technologically advanced seeds while Argentine producers get theirs through dishonest means?

Bon appétit, EU. I hope your stolen soy tastes sweet.

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