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Mexico is the third largest exporter of honey in the world and one of the largest producers of honey anywhere. Of course, we all know that bees gather pollen from plants to make the honey. Since the European Union bans imports of honey that is produced off of GMO plants without appropriate GMO labeling (and Germany bans GMO produced honey altogether), the addition of vast acres of GMO crops in Mexico would limit the business of existing honey producers. Monsanto is likely to appeal the case to a higher court.
There is no doubt that this case is about much more than bees. Local small farmers will have difficulty competing with large producers of GMO crops produced on corporatized farms. Small indigenous farmers in Mexico (and throughout the world) see the introduction of GMO crops as a threat to their traditional farming methods and lifestyle.