India’s Agricultural Research Institute sells out country’s farmers to Monsanto by distributing failed GMOs to farmers

Monday, February 15, 2016
By Paul Martin

by: J. D. Heyes
Monday, February 15, 2016

One of India’s top agriculture institutions has essentially sold its soul to biotech giant Monsanto, forcing failed genetically modified Bt brinjal saplings on dozens of farmers, a five-fold increase despite the breed’s poor track record.

As reported by the Dhaka Tribune, despite the failure of the first government-sponsored GM trial, the saplings were further distributed to more than 100 farmers recently, up from 20 in previous testing, making the controversial variety more widespread.

“We selected 106 farmers in 17 districts to distribute the saplings. The distribution began last month,” Dr. Rafiqul Islam Mondol, director general of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI), told the news site.

Each farmer was distributed two sapling varieties for half bigha land, though the BARI at first decided to recommend one bigha for each variety.

Despite failures, the government ordered more GMO saplings to be planted

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