Monsanto Whistleblower Says Genetically Engineered Crops May Cause Disease

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  • Meeting Junkie No More
    Meeting Junkie No More

    This is the same company that gave us Agent Orange, as far as I know...

  • cameo-d

    In view of the recent UPRISING in India....I do believe we are hearing from propaganda and spin doctors in the media.

    Personally, I believe this uprising is INTERNAL and DOMESTIC. I think people are revolting against the "powers that be." Their government has sold them out and greedy lying corporations have everything to do with it.

    Don't be surprised if in the future, much later from now, the real truth of the matter comes out. It has nothing to do with religion or terrorists. Mark my words.

    The Indian Suicides

    "Shankara, like millions of other Indian farmers, had been promised previously unheard of harvests and income if he switched from farming with traditional seeds to planting GM seeds instead. Beguiled by the promise of future riches, he borrowed money in order to buy the GM seeds. But when the harvests failed, he was left with spiralling debts - and no income. So Shankara became one of an estimated 125,000 farmers to take their own life as a result of the ruthless drive to use India as a testing ground for genetically modified crops.... 'We are ruined now,' said [another farmer's] 38-year-old wife. 'We bought 100 grams of BT Cotton. Our crop failed twice. My husband had become depressed. He went out to his field, lay down in the cotton and swallowed insecticide'" [1]

    Farmers in India are finding that the "biotechnology revolution" is having a devastating effect on their crop lands and personal debt levels. "In 1998, the World Bank's structural adjustment policies forced India to open up its seed sector to global corporations like Cargill, Monsanto, and Syngenta. The global corporations changed the input economy overnight


    "We send today, a very clear message to all those who have invested in Monsanto in India and abroad; take your money out now, before we reduce it to ashes".
    Karnataka State Farmers Association, India

    One of the most morally dubious Claims made in Monsanto's recent _ newspaper advertising blitz was the assertion that the widespread use of food biotechnology is the only way to feed the world's poor. The corporation's argument went like this: millions of people currently go hungry in developing countries. In the future, as global population increases, this problem is set to worsen. Only high yield agriculture can possibly produce enough food to meet this increased demand. There fore, quite obviously, only "biotechnology can feed the world."

    Monsanto's strategy was to try to portray its genetically modified (GM) crops as the solution to the hunger and poverty problems of the Third World. The company even tried to round up a group of 'respect ed voices' from developing countries to endorse an advert entitled 'Let The Harvest Begin', which praised biotechnology as the seed of the future", which will "feed the world in the next century." Monsanto was playing a clever game: it was trying to portray opponents of food biotechnology as selfish and insular. What right, asked the corporation, do well fed Western environ mentalists have to deny the poor farmers of the Third World access to this wonderful new technology, which could teed their families and improve their living standards dramatically in years to come?

  • Brother Apostate
    Brother Apostate

    To summarize:

    Indian farmers, et al, let it be known that not everyone buys into the "let's productize absolutely everything" game.

    BA- Good for them.

  • cameo-d

    "India's Government appears to be firmly under the control of the buccaneers of biotechnology and spurious multinational corporations"

    Despite rules to the contrary, GM (Genetic Modification) experiments have been going on across India with the complicity of the Indian government.

    In the 67th meeting of the genetic engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) held on 22 May 2006, the GEAC brushed aside all such concerns and in utter defiance of the spirit of a Supreme Court Order it has rubber stamped an astonishing 91 GM (genetically modified) products for multi location trials (MLTs)-91 approvals in one meeting.

    Approvals were rushed through in anticipation of a possible full spectrum ban on field trials in India, while investigators have been stone walled from obtaining information on locations and types of seed being tested.

    Only after a petition under the Right to Information (RTI Act of 2005) was filed, did the Department of Biotechnology reveal some information.

    .....Activists say ( that Monsanto, operating through its Indian Joint Venture partners Maraharashtra Hybrid Seeds Corp. or Mahyco, have committed crimes against humanity with the full connivance of officials of the Dept. of Biotechnology and members of GEAC and that therefore, several Ministries are also involved, chiefly, the Minister of Agriculture and the Ministry of Environment and Forestry.

    India had 120,000 varieties of rice seeds; today, no more than 50 are available. This is the result of the United States war on genetic diversity ably supported by scientist-criminals like MS Swaminathan. The Indian government is to have these criminals head Agricultural Policy of India.

    .....The deadly tenacles of this hydra-headed monster extend in many Ministries of the government of India.

    From the early 1960's Swaminathan has been the front of the Rockerfellers, implementing their agenda with full support of the US government.

    ....The repercussions of the Regulator's release of GM foods in India will be global.....

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