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And the price of seed has become a life and death issue for Indian farmers. Secondly, Monsanto changes its Technology trait value every season, showing again that the issue is seed price. As the CCI records :. As per the information and documents contained in Reference, many Indian seed companies including the Informants entered into sub-license agreement with MMBL for procuring its Bt cotton technology in consideration of an upfront one time non—refundable fee of Rs.
It forms a significant portion of the Bt cotton seed prices. And it ignores the governments duty to protect its citizens under the constitution. The State must intervene to regulate seed prices to end the emergency of farmers suicides. The Government can revoke patents under section 64 and section 66 of the Patent Act. This is at the root of the crisis of farmers suicides in cotton areas. The Government has a duty to not grant patents, or revoke patents if they violate the public interest or their claims are false.
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Because humans have eaten old-style New Leaf potatoes for a long time, and because mice are not visibly harmed by eating pure Bt, potatoes containing Bt genes must be safe for humans, EPA reasoned. The Times reported, "Some geneticists believe this reasoning is flawed" because inserting foreign genes into plants may cause subtle changes that are difficult to recognize.
Only time will tell. The label on a bag of Monsanto's pesticidal potatoes in the supermarket lists all of the nutrients and micronutrients in the potato, but fails to mention that the potatoes have been genetically engineered or that they are legally a pesticide. Food labeling is ordinarily the responsibility of FDA. That is EPA's job. For example, a bottle of Bt bears a label that warns people to avoid inhaling Bt and to avoid getting Bt in an open wound. However, in the case of Monsanto's pesticidal potato, EPA says FDA has responsibility for requiring a label because the potato is a food.
However, FDA told the Times that it only requires genetically-engineered foods to be labeled if they contain allergens or have been "materially changed" and FDA has determined that Monsanto did not "materially change" the New Leaf potato by turning it into a pesticide. Therefore no FDA label is required. Since FDA has allowed companies like Monsanto to decide for themselves whether their new genetically-engineered foods should be added to the GRAS list and thus escape regulation. In other words, FDA regulation of genetically engineered foods is voluntary, not mandatory.
A Monsanto official told the New York Times that the corporation should not have to take responsibility for the safety of its food products.
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Assuring its safety is the FDA's job," Angell said. In sum, biotech is an industry in the grip of a frontier mentality. Anything goes.
Government is a willing and servile participant. If it turns out worse than the chemical debacles of the last 50 years, will anyone be surprised? Monsanto's New Leaf Superior potatoes will have major effects on U. Organic farmers --those who try to avoid synthetic chemical pesticides and fertilizers to the extent possible --apply powdered Bt sparingly to their crops from time to time, a natural pesticide of last resort. In this powdered form, Bt is neither present in high concentrations nor for very long because it degrades in sunlight. Therefore, insects have not developed "resistance" to Bt.
But now that Bt is continuously present in whole fields of Monsanto potatoes, the insects in those field will be continuously exposed to Bt. Therefore it is only a matter of time before they develop "resistance" and become immune to Bt's toxic effects. The mechanism of resistance is well understood because over insects have become resistant to one pesticide or another since Not every potato beetle will be killed by eating Monsanto's pesticidal potatoes.
Related The Ecologist: The Monsanto Files, Volume 28, No. 5 (September 1998)
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