India

Of the many lies spread about Monsanto over the years, perhaps none is so malevolent as the claim that the seed giant is to blame for farmer suicides in India. This falsehood, spread by anti-biotechnology activists like Vandana Shiva but debunked a couple of years ago, is still parroted by credulous left-wing outlets such as Think Progress and supposedly credible news sites like Deutsche Welle1

Now, a thorough study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health has...

eggplant-florida-marketBt brinjal (eggplant) is a genetically modified plant which is created by inserting a gene from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis into the genome of the brinjal. The Bt brinjal has been developed to have resistance against lepidopteron insects. It was approved for commercialization in India in 2009, but after backlash due to anti-GMO fearmongering, a moratorium was facilitated on its release.

A workshop on Communicating Science and Bio-safety, organized by the Indian Institute of the Mass Communication, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change was...

FeedingTheWorldDespite the miraculous success of the Green Revolution, which was sparked by Dr. Norman Borlaug s agronomic research in the 1950s and 1960s, people who are malnourished the prime beneficiaries of Borlaug s work are nonetheless falling behind because of population growth and a limited supply of land and water resources. Borlaug s work saved many millions from starvation and earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970. Yet, current food production in India is still badly lagging behind that of the U.S. and China countries where genetically-engineered crops are producing ever-higher amounts of food crops per acre...

eggplant-florida-marketAccording to an account in the Hindustan Times, the Indian government has decided to allow field testing of two GM crops, mustard and brinjal (eggplant). This decision reverses a moratorium set in 2009 by the previous government on testing such crops.

The crops approved have been genetically engineered the eggplants will contain genes from the bt soil bacterium that produce a protein that is lethal for crop pests. Several Indian states have asked agriculture universities to ensure...

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