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09-29-11, 09:59 PM
India files biopiracy lawsuit against Monsanto, says biotech giant is stealing nature for corporate gain

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Jonathan Benson, staff writer

(NaturalNews) Representing one of the most agriculturally bio-diverse nations in the world, India has become a primary target for biotechnology companies like Monsanto and Cargill to spread their genetically-modified (GM) crops into new markets. However, a recent France 24 report explains that the Indian government has decided to take an offensive approach against this attempted agricultural takeover by suing Monsanto for "biopiracy," accusing the company of stealing India's indigenous plants in order to re-engineer them into patented varieties.

Brinjal, also known in Western nations as eggplant, is a native Indian crop for which there are roughly 2,500 different unique varieties. Millions of Indian farmers grow brinjal, which is used in a variety of Indian food dishes, and the country grows more than a quarter of the world's overall supply of the vegetable.

And in an attempt to capitalize on this popular crop, Monsanto has repeatedly tried to commercially market its own GM variety of brinjal called Bt brinjal. But massive public outcry against planned commercial approval of Monsanto's "frankencrop" variety in 2010 led to the government banning it for an indefinite period of time.

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09-30-11, 06:26 PM
I'm so glad the Indian government is fighting back, and fighting for its people and its agriculture. I hope they win resoundingly!

It's interesting to see the similarity between the Indian word brinjal and the Portuguese 'berinjela' and the Spanish 'berenjena'.

09-30-11, 08:07 PM
Probably because the two Romance languages spring from the Indo-European tree.