by Anthony Gucciardi
January 14, 2012
India has joined the conglomerate of
nations directly opposed to the
agricultural corruption brought upon by bloated biotechnology giant
Monsanto, declaring legal action against the corporation for a crime
The charges were brought against Monsanto for utilizing a local
eggplant variety to develop their own genetically modified version
including the notorious biopesticide Bt.
Bt GMO crops are known to threaten
the environment in addition to human health, and India considers
Monsanto’s unauthorized testing of the crops to be biopiracy.
India’s National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) made the
unprecedented decision as detailed in their
official statements on the subject,
joining nations like Hungary and Peru in their efforts to control
Monsanto’s presence within their borders.
Hungary was among the first to lead the charge, actually destroying
more than 1,000 acres of Monsanto’s
GM maize in direct defiance against the company. Peru also took a
monumental stand against Monsanto,
announcing a ten-year-ban on GMO crops and genetically modified
In summary of the decision, the journal Nature Biotechnology
An Indian government agency has
agreed to sue the developers of genetically modified (GM)
eggplant for violating India’s Biological Diversity Act of 2002.
India’s National Biodiversity
Authority (NBA) is alleging that the developers of India’s first
GM food crop - Jalna-based Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company (Mahyco)
partnered with St. Louis-based seed giant Monsanto and several
local universities - used local varieties to develop the
transgenic crop, but failed to gain the appropriate licenses for
Documents Show India May be Targeted for GMO Opposition
Will India be targeted by the United States and others for opposing
Leaked documents have revealed that
the United States may ‘penalize’ nations that are against Monsanto’s
genetically modified creations with military-style trade wars and
In fact, it was that in late 2007, the
United States ambassador to France and business partner to
George W. Bush,
Craig Stapleton, requested that
the European Union along with particular nations that did not
support GMO crops face repercussions.
The ambassador plainly calls for ‘target retaliation’ against
nations who are against using Monsanto’s genetically modified corn,
despite research linking it to severe damage to your body.
Therefore, the question must be asked as to whether or not the
United States will attempt to ‘penalize’ India for taking such an
unprecedented move against Monsanto.
While that remains to be seen, it is
clear that Monsanto is increasingly being resisted across the
globe by nations and individuals alike.