GMO Cotton Seeds Made by Monsanto Collaborator Banned in Indian State After Crops Fail

April 17, 2014

(NATURAL NEWS) –  Genetically modified (GM) Bt cotton produced by Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company (Mahyco), a collaborator with international biotech kingpin Monsanto, has officially been banned from the Indian state of Karnataka, a major  cotton-producing region of India, after the heavily hyped transgenic crop failed  to deliver on both pest resistance and yields.

imagesCA1ML9HK (2)Hailed by Mahyco as the  answer to higher yields and improved pest resistance, the crop turned out to be  a complete dud, leading to about 54,000 hectares’, or around 133,000 acres’,  worth of failed cotton crops. For the farmers who planted all this fake cotton,  this translates into a financial loss of 230 crore rupees, or the U.S.  equivalent of nearly $38.1 million.

According to the Bangalore  Mirror, the Karnataka government made a bold move on behalf of the farmers  involved by quickly moving to ban and blacklist the company from the region  after learning of the crop failures. Rather than slap the company on the wrist  with a simple fine, which is what Mahyco requested, authorities decided to  defend its farmers.

From this point on, Mahyco is barred

from  participating in any form in any agricultural process involving supply of Bt  seeds in the state,” reads the ban, noting that crop losses were widespread,  stretching across seven state districts.

KARNATAKA GOVERNMENT PUTS PEOPLE OVER CORPORATIONS

A stark contrast to  what very likely would have taken place here in the U.S. under similar  circumstances, Karnataka officials rejected an initial plea by Mahyco to simply compensate the injured farmers as well as the government in exchange  for continuing to do business as usual. The government of Karnataka decided  instead that this would be a major injustice.

“Usually private companies  offer compensation and the government lets them off  the hook, but the state government has decided to act tough on Mahyco,” stated a  source familiar with the situation to the Bangalore Mirror. “Farmers have  suffered massive losses as the crops have failed despite the company making tall  advertisements about the superiority of its genetically-modified seeds.”

You  can be sure that if the same thing happened here in the U.S., the federal  government would hardly stand up against Big Biotech. In fact, multinational ag  companies now call the shots here in the fascist states of America, where the  little guy is just a source of labor for the corporations that control the  government for their own interests.

“Accepting their (Mahyco’s)  compensation proposal would have tied the state government hands,” added the  same unnamed source. “The government has decided to compensate farmers for the  loss they have incurred and will pay Rs 6,000 [$100] per hectare. This will mean  a burden of Rs 35 crore [$5.8 million].”

INDIA FAR LESS CORRUPT THAN US WHEN IT COMES TO AGRICULTURE

Mind you,  the Karnataka government’s decision in this matter came at a loss to itself. Not  only did government officials reject what can only be described as a cash bribe  from Mahyco to ignore the injustice, but it also voluntarily agreed to  compensate farmers throughout the area at a financial loss.
This type of  thing would never happen in the U.S., of course, where our own representatives  actually fight against us on simple, common-sense measures in the public  interest like increasing transparency through GMO labeling. The Indian  government, it seems, is actually more people-minded than our own government  when it comes to agricultural policies in the public interest.

“Other  than health concerns, this incident raises fingers against those groups who have  been advocating higher output of GM crops,” wrote one commenter over at  Business Standard about the situation. “[It’s] high time to kick-start  ongoing discussions taking further in particular economic aspects associated  with the GM crops and their use, analyzing the incident  meticulously.”

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