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After the success of genetically modified cotton in India, Monsanto is interested in extending its product line to include corn (maize), rice, wheat and vegetables such as tomato, okra and pepper.
The life-science major is already testing modified corn in India. It is the first season for the grain. India produces close to 20 million tonnes of the coarse cereal; but yields are typically less than two tonnes a hectare.
“We are interested in corn. I expect Indian farmers to move from rice to
Another foodgrain of interest to the company is wheat.
India is world’s second largest wheat producer (75-77 million tonnes) after China.
When queried about the alleged threat to bio-diversity, the CTO explained that bio-tech crops have been planted for about 13 years on hundreds of millions acres in 25 countries, but no issues have been reported or brought forward.
Chickens refusing to eat the maize they had been fed has led to the discovery that their feed had been genetically modified to include a well-known weed and insect killer.
Strilli Oppenheimer’s indigenous African chickens were refusing to eat the mealies in the chicken feed bought from a large supplier. Concerned that the birds may be ingesting genetically modified maize, she had the maize tested.
The results confirmed Oppenheimer's initial suspicion -- the maize had been genetically engineered to produce proteins that are toxic to certain insects and weeds.
About her chickens' refusal to eat their maize, Oppenheimer said: "They're smart."
After the success of genetically modified cotton in India, ...
NEW DELHI] A study has found that Indian varieties of cotton that have been genetically modified to resist an important insect pest are "inadequate".
The findings back farmers' claims that the pest, known as the bollworm, is able to survive on Bt cotton varieties, modified to resist it.
+ in the last decade, cotton production has declined in the majority of countries that have adopted GM cotton like Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, South Africa and Australia, and significant drops in GM cotton production are forecasted in 2006 for South Africa and Mexico.