Saturday, October 29, 2011

Indian Government Files Biopiracy Lawsuit Against Monsanto

Representing one of the most agriculturally bio-diverse nations in the world, India has become a primary target for biotechnology companies like Monsanto and Cargill to spread their genetically-modified (GM) crops into new markets. However, a recent France 24 report explains that the Indian government has decided to take an offensive approach against this attempted agricultural takeover by suing Monsanto for "biopiracy," accusing the company of stealing India's indigenous plants in order to re-engineer them into patented varieties.

Brinjal, also known in Western nations as eggplant, is a native Indian crop for which there are roughly 2,500 different unique varieties. Millions of Indian farmers grow brinjal, which is used in a variety of Indian food dishes, and the country grows more than a quarter of the world's overall supply of the vegetable.

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Anonymous said...

Excellent Mike.

I'll share this with others who echoe this and other insights of a similar nature.

Be well my friend,

Stranger in a Strange Land said...

Good. It's important info.

Kind regards my friend,

Aragorn said...

Informative post, Mike. Another example of human greediness taking over someone else hard earned money for personal gains. Wonder, how & when these things will change!


Stranger in a Strange Land said...

Hello Aragorn:

When we demand a change and then change our needs and fears and follow the examples of great men like Ghandi or Anna Hazare.

Kindest regards,