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India Slams Monsanto with Unprecedented ‘Biopiracy’ Charges

Anthony Gucciardi
January 14th, 2012
Updated 11/06/2012 at 8:40 pm
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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 dubbed ‘biopiracy‘. The charges were brought against Monsanto for utilizing a local eggplant variety to develop their own genetically modified version including the notorious biopesticide Bt. Monsanto’s 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 ingredients.

In summary of the decision, the journal Nature Biotechnology states:

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 field trials.

Leaked Documents Show India May be Targeted for GMO Opposition

Will India be targeted by the United States and others for opposing GMO crops? Leaked documents have revealed that the United States may ‘penalize’ nations against Monsanto’s genetically modified creations with military-style trade wars and more. 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.

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  • MotherEarth

    And the politicians wonder why the rest of the world hates America…because they are BULLIES! Our government has a financial incentive to push GMOs. According to your own calculations $109,500 was paid to the "House of Representatives" and $275,500 to our "Senators" (Both Dem & Rep, although the Republicans have the lion's share). Roy Blunt, alone, got $64,250 in campaign contributions from Monsanto as payment for writing their protection act. And you wonder why they fight so hard for the Big M?

  • ashish1023

    no nation is supposed to support a company and go against their foreign policy…, there is no valid reason for USA to erupt their foreign policy with other nation merely having regard to the health of their indigenous industries, they have restricted Monsanto from entering into their territory…!!!! this is equally shameful and undemocratic….

  • jycfrnkl

    i am school counselor and one of my students tearfully told me today her 2 year old brother has cancer. I know that either this baby had been fed GMO baby formula or the mother had a heavy GMO /pesticides/preservatives diet in her pregnancy. I also suspect she let them give her child every single vacination possible rather than picking and choosing or decllining all together. How else can you get cancer at 2 years old??? Needless to say the family is in crisis and this child who is already refusing to eat will not survive chemo and radiation. I normally don't get depressed about my work but this case is really affecting me.

  • fraley

    I like how SHERMAN won the war…

  • Kelly O

    how does GM crops affect humans?

  • Tapan Patnaik

    Already one of the most corrupt states in India (UP) has given green signal for GM crops.

  • Kumari

    If the US government had any decency or integrity it would revoke Monsanto's business license and sue it for malfeasance. Instead they promote Monsanto's evil around the world and even threaten countries who don't want to be poisoned. I agree with the other comments here. Go India!

  • Pickles

    Mansanto is no longer a company. They are a force of evil. We need to get off our complacent a**es and start demanding they stop poisoning our children!

    • Ryan

      YES! Well stated. Start taking action!

  • Madeleine Tector

    If Monsanto goes against India I would have to stand with India, all of us would. I remember hundreds of suicides because India got roped into buying seeds from Monsanto for their first crops,seeds used ot be free and a farmer could rely on having seeds for the following years crops, with monsanto if you lose a crop you have to buy more seeds the following year or you have none, thats what happened in India, one bad year and everyone lost their crops, they couldn't afford ot buy seeds from Monasant and they committed suicide because of the shame and the fear of what they had done ot their families , they couldn't feed them . It was very sad. Its bad enough when farmers are forced ot buy Monsanto seeds but when they have to continue or face retaliation, that can't happen, no one should be able ot tell a farmer what seeds he has to use but Monsanto is the worst ocmpany in the world for a reason, they are pushy but they have our Government behind them, I have a feeling this is a Public/Private partnership with America and half of what monsanto makes a year goes to the US. Would America starve without Monsantos pay-off money? Mondsnto is also in on that depopulation plan, they are going ot radiate all of the vitamins out of our food, most children will die first and then the elderly and then the rest of us, this is why they don't want us stockpiling food, we may save ourselves, if I did this I would be arrested for premedatated mass murder. Monsanto is leading a charmed life right now but it won't last, eventually people will start reading the labels and not buy their swill, its worse than garbage, I think there is more nutrition in a garbage can than in monsanto food.

    • Hugo Brandt

      Madeleine, I'm right there with you. I love the U.S. (not the gov) and all it's history, but today our government has seen it through to becoming an imperialistic cancer on the world. I wouldn't hesitate to join India's cause should push come to shove