Indian subsidiary of Monsanto & GM Eggplant

The Indian subsidiary of US seeds corporation Monsanto, Maharashtra Hybrid Seed, has developed genetically modified (GM) brinjal resistant to fruit and shoot borer and is applying for large-scale test releases [1].

Brinjal, an eggplant, is widely consumed in India and recognized for its health promoting properties such as reducing serum levels of cholesterol. Field trials of other GM crops, including mustard and potatoes, will follow the brinjal test releases.

The GM brinjal contains the same Cry1Ac toxin from the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis as the widely cultivated GM cotton that has been implicated recently in major health controversies in India.

Hundreds of farm workers and cotton handlers developed allergic reactions...

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