Monsanto Tumbles Down
www.goodnewpress.net 'Monsanto Tumbles Down' (Scientist Under Attack) a sixty-four page Report on Monsanto which is available online free. It teaches those who do not know about Monsanto/GE/GMOs/Bts, and those who do know about this problem. It defines Monsanto as a chemical company, then explains the problems caused by their push for genetic engineering.
SUICIDE ONE OF MILLIONS Monsanto's genetic engineering trials in India are dangerous and anti-democratic. The US transnational, Monsanto, is currently carrying out field tests of its genetically engineered crops in forty locations in India. The manner in which these tests are being conducted violates all democratic and ecological norms. The absence of a proper regula- tory framework and a proper regulating agency both nationally and internationally to deal with ecological risks associated with the new technology only serves to reinforce the call made by citizens worldwide for a five- year moratorium on genetic engineering in agriculture. ________________________________________ MONSANTO is establishing its empire in the agricultural sector in India at the cost of de- mocracy and ecology. This has once again been proven by the man- ner in which Monsanto began trials of its genetically en- gineered crops in India. Even the governments of the states where the trials were being carried out were kept in the dark by Monsanto and the Department of Bio- technology. Public participation in decisions about whether trials can be carried out has not even been considered, although all environmentally destruc- tive activity is supposed to be noti- fied and cleared only after a public hearing. Genetic engineering has se- rious ecological risks. It is the rea- son article 19.3 of the Convention on Biological Diversity called for a Biosafety Protocol, which is currently being developed through interna- tional negotiations. This is also the reason France has banned all ge- netically engineered crops and the UK has responded to the call of citi- zens by having a one-year morato- rium on release of genetically engi- neered crops. Most recently, the Interna- tional Federation of Organic Ag- riculture Movements (IFOAM), the world's largest body for organic agriculture called for a ban on ge- netic engineering from agriculture, because it poses hazards without being necessary for the develop- ment of agriculture. Risks of Monsanto's toxic plants. Monsanto's present trials in India are being carried out on its ge- netically engineered 'Bollgard' Cot- ton or Bt-Cotton which has genes from a bacterium en- gineered into it so the plant produces its own pesticide, contrary to Monsanto's claim. Bt-Cotton is not 'pest-re- sistant' but a pesticide-producing plant. The severe eco- logical risks of crops genetically engineered to produce toxins include the threat posed to beneficial species such as birds, bees, butterflies and beetles which are necessary for pollination and for pest control though pest- continued on page 24 PAGE 23