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Monsanto testing GM corn as animal feed for India

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posted on Sep, 8 2009 @ 11:27 AM

Monsanto testing GM corn as animal feed for India

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
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posted on Sep, 8 2009 @ 11:27 AM

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.

I find this very troubling to say the least.
Unfortunately Indians do not consider themselves against Monsanto, they just consider it as a big cropscience company.

And for them to have such a strong hold on wheat soon, it's also quite frightening.
(visit the link for the full news article)

posted on Sep, 8 2009 @ 11:34 AM
Oh, my did you got the news about what happen in Africa with the Monsanto GM feed?

It was hilarious, Chickens Not Fooled by GM Crops

I wonder if this is going to happen in India.

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."

posted on Sep, 8 2009 @ 03:45 PM
reply to post by ModernAcademia

After the success of genetically modified cotton in India, ...

That first part of the first sentence is already laughable. My understanding is that it was a complete disaster. Weren't Indian farmers committing suicide on a mass basis over this issue in the last few years???

I am sure that Monsanto sees itself as being able to ride roughshod over the Indian system. They (Monsanto) are right up there with the most dangerous entities in our world today.

posted on Sep, 8 2009 @ 04:15 PM
Monsanto = The most untrusted company!

Simply focused on making profit at cost of people lives! Shame on them...

posted on Sep, 8 2009 @ 04:21 PM
I wonder if Mr. Obama mentioned this little issue in his speech today to the children?

Explaining how the people who "run" this country are poisoning our food source and likely making them and their families ill.

Perhaps THIS would be something the children and their parents would like to have as a part of the speech that covers how important it is to do the right thing.

[edit on 8-9-2009 by spinkyboo]

posted on Sep, 8 2009 @ 04:30 PM
Here is a cached article on the BT cotton. Looks like it is from India.c otton

Here's another:
bt ctton

There is a lot of propaganda saying that it is supposed to be so good.
The cattle that grazed on the plants after the cotton was harvested died.
It is not clear whether this was to do the GM cotton itself, or the pesticides that were sprayed on them.

posted on Sep, 9 2009 @ 12:17 AM
successful in india-----how exactly do they define success????

haven't we seen a ton of articles where using the gm seed has bankrupted all the farmers to the point they're committing suicide by drinking pesticides

this article seems more like a copy and paste job of a company press release

posted on Sep, 9 2009 @ 01:04 AM
The whole Monsanto patent is ridiculous in theory if I got the same leeway they do I could theoreticaly make a new disease release it randomly then sue anyone it infected for theft and win if they happen to die I could sue the family and make sure they haven't stolen my virus too.

In a sensible world I'd be the one in trouble not raking in the cash.

posted on Sep, 9 2009 @ 06:43 AM

After the success of genetically modified cotton in India,

excuse me, but what ?


1,500 farmers commit mass suicide in India

GM in India: the battle over Bt cotton

Indian GM cotton is 'inadequate'; enquiry demanded


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.

2005, a Scary Year for Genetically Engineered Crops

if that's considered a success, then i really have to wonder what failure would look like... i especially love the following paragraph:

+ 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.

...the same variety as in India. again, i have to ask what constitutes a success?

This type of PR work of continuous blatant lying to the point of if becoming an 'established fact' is prototypical. obviously, next to nothing went accodring to plan, yet here they are still capable of spending their way out of the hole they dug for themselves. the real question is who's behind this GMO craze (which has already become approximately as irrational as the widespread global warming hysterial), which continually gives Monsanto, Bayer et al. a free pass for every c***-up imaginable, despite strong (some organized, but apparently bought off) voices against it?

why on earth don't 'green' organisations simply state the track record of GM crops around the world and instead cling to flimsy excuses about health effects which simply will not be 'proven' as long as grants remain the basis for research?? as per Nietzsche, onee of the more insiduous ways of harming a cause is to defend it with bogus argument.

'Green' = = Malthusian Death Cult nowadays and GM crops have their place in such a worldview, i'll let the reader guess which one.

PS: related threads:

GM or Not to GM, Which?

GM crops and the coming famine

[edit on 2009.9.9 by Long Lance]

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