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Monsanto Says No To Environmental Study

California-based Harrington Investments warned Monsanto they have significant lawsuits waiting to happen, but Monsanto rejected the study proposal.

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Concerns over "genetic drift" could cause huge legal problems for Monsanto.

More of the same from GMO giant Monsanto — at an annual shareholders meeting on Tuesday, the company voted not to explore potential “financial and legal risks.”

Harrington Investments proposed a study to investigate how the genetically-altered seeds could impact the environment. Monsanto’s seeds contain patented material, and if a law suit were to unfold, it could severely affect the company.

Harrington CEO John Harrington expressed concern over “genetic drift,” where GMOs cross pollinate with traditional or organic seeds.

Monsanto said in a statement the study would “be redundant and provide no meaningful additional information.”

Several groups protested outside the annual meeting in Creve Coeur, including Harrington Investments.

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Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Chicago. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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