Genetically-Modified Eggplant = Biopiracy?

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Perhaps it’s no surprise to find Monsanto in the courtroom today – but this time, the circumstances are far more interesting. Monsanto, along with Indian seed manufacturer Mahyco, have been accused of biopiracy by the National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) of India. Monsanto, Mahyco, and other collaborators recently introduced India’s first genetically-modified food crop – a variety of eggplant known as Bt brinjal.

The NBA claims the developers of Bt brinjal – the introduction of which was halted in 2010 on the grounds that more tests were needed to prove its safety – used local varieties of eggplant to develop the genetically-modified crop “without prior approval of the competent authorities.” (GM Watch)

Visit Treehugger for the rest of the story, and for context on why biopiracy is such a sensitive issue in India.

(Image via: Treehugger)

Written by Brian Nunnery

August 23, 2011 at 3:19 pm

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  1. I dont understand why they need to modify vegetables…..whats wrong with the ones we already have?!

    Rachel Cruze

    August 23, 2011 at 4:05 pm

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