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Monsanto to Face Biopiracy Charges in India

Monsanto to Face Biopiracy Charges in India

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  • India's National Biodiversity Authority (NBA), a government agency, is suing Monsanto, the world leader in genetically modified (GM) crops and seeds, and their collaborators, the Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company, for stealing local varieties of eggplant to develop a genetically modified version
  • India requires that any entity attempting to use a native plant for commercial or research purposes must first get approval; Monsanto, however, neglected to do this, opting instead to essentially steal the native plants in order to modify them for their own commercial gain
  • The case marks the first time a government has accused Monsanto of biopiracy, and the results could set an important precedent for the future of the food supply

By Dr. Mercola

The government of India has made it very clear that they will not tolerate Monsanto's attempts to commercialize on their indigenous knowledge, a practice known as biopiracy.


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