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Magda Hassan
02-16-2010, 01:53 AM
The debate on genetically modified (GM) brinjal variety continues to generate heat. Former managing director of Monsanto India, Tiruvadi Jagadisan, is the latest to join the critics of Bt brinjal, perhaps the first industry insider to do so.
Jagadisan, who worked with Monsanto for nearly two decades, including eight years as the managing director of India operations, spoke against the new variety during the public consultation held in Bangalore on Saturday.
On Monday, he elaborated by saying the company "used to fake scientific data" submitted to government regulatory agencies to get commercial approvals for its products in India.
The former Monsanto boss said government regulatory agencies with which the company used to deal with in the 1980s simply depended on data supplied by the company while giving approvals to herbicides.
"The Central Insecticide Board was supposed to give these approvals based on the location and crop-specific data from India. But it simply accepted foreign data supplied by Monsanto. They did not even have a test tube to validate the data and, at times, the data itself was faked," Jagadisan said.
"I retired from the company as I felt the management of Monsanto, USA, was exploiting our country," Jagadisan, 84, said from his home in Bangalore.
"At that time, Monsanto was getting into the seed business and I had information that a 'terminator gene' was to be incorporated in the seeds being supplied by the firm. This meant that the farmer had to buy fresh seeds from Monsanto at heavy cost every time he planted the crop," he said.
Jagadisan said the parent company also retracted from the assurance given to then minister for chemicals and fertilisers, Vasant Sathe, on setting up a manufacturing unit in collaboration with Hindustan Insecticides for the herbicide butachlor.
"The negotiations went on for over a year and in the meantime, Monsanto imported and sold large quantities of the product and made huge profits," he said.
Asked to comment on Jagadisan's allegations, a Monsanto spokesperson said: "We have full faith in the Indian regulatory system, which has its checks and measures in place to ensure accuracy and authenticity of data furnished to them." On approval of GM crops, the spokesperson said the regulatory process was stringent and "no biotech crops are allowed in the market until they undergo extensive and rigid crop safety assessments, following strict scientific protocols".
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/site/story?sId=83093&secid=120

Peter Lemkin
02-16-2010, 07:15 AM
Perhaps in the contest for the worst chemical company in the world - don't let them fool you they are in the agricultural business. They are the ones who invented and poisoned the whole planet with PCBs and DDT. They even were so nice as to invent, make millions of tons of and sell for use in Vietnam, Laos, and other places Agents White, Red and most famous Orange - all of which also contained Dioxin [the single most carcinogenic and toxic substance known weight for weight]. Nice ethical company now very much in the GM/GE business and in buying politicians so as to push their products through. The company should be dismantled and put in court - if they are 'persons' or a 'corporation' or both they have committed endless crimes and continue to. Jail 'em!

If you haven't yet, see film 'The World According To Montsanto'!

Myra Bronstein
02-16-2010, 07:27 AM
The debate on genetically modified (GM) brinjal variety continues to generate heat. Former managing director of Monsanto India, Tiruvadi Jagadisan, is the latest to join the critics of Bt brinjal, perhaps the first industry insider to do so....

Ah, a Monsanto whistle-blower. We could use a few more.

They provide the necessary data to their regulating authorities, eh? I guess that makes sense given that we live in bizarro world.

Peter Lemkin
02-16-2010, 11:04 AM
The debate on genetically modified (GM) brinjal variety continues to generate heat. Former managing director of Monsanto India, Tiruvadi Jagadisan, is the latest to join the critics of Bt brinjal, perhaps the first industry insider to do so....

Ah, a Monsanto whistle-blower. We could use a few more.

They provide the necessary data to their regulating authorities, eh? I guess that makes sense given that we live in bizarro world.

Monsanto will sue him or kill him....mark my words.

Jan Klimkowski
02-16-2010, 08:26 PM
All Monsanto have to do is feed him a megadose of the toxin aspartame.

Job done for Monsanto. Death by nutrasweet is not classified as murder because the clinical trials have never been done...