Human rights groups, progressives and members of the national security establishment are extremely concerned.
Two agribusiness giants bent on destroying the ecosystem for private profit could soon dominate the world's seed and pesticide markets.
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Andrew Smith is the author of "Totally Wired: on the Trail of the Great Dotcom Swindle" and"Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth." You can follow him at @wiresmith.