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22/07/2019

Engineered eggplants on Indian fields

A small farm in the Indian state Haryana: founded illegally planted genetically modified eggplants. Environmental activists fear that this is not an isolated case and demand strong action from the authorities.

Bt eggplants confirmed by analysis

Following an advice, activists of the GM-Free India Coalition (GM Free India) took samples from an eggplant field in Haryana in April and had them examined by a private laboratory, reported the Times of India. Analysis confirmed that they were Bt eggplants, which produce toxins against pests through genetic material of a soil bacterium. Government agencies confirmed the result and had the eggplants weeded out. Even if the authorities consider the cultivation to be an isolated case environmentalists doubt it and fear that this is not an isolated case.

The Hindu reported that the farmer had sold the eggplant seedlings on the market of a flying trade. This suggests that other farmers have also grown these eggplants, so seedlings were produced on a larger scale.

Monsanto subsidiary developper of Bt egpplants 

Eggplants are a staple food in India and the dispute about their genetic modification has been ongoing for more than ten years. The Bt egpplants were developed by the Indian Monsanto subsidiary Mahyco. In 2009, GEAC permitted commercial cultivation of the genetically modified crops, which led to a storm of indignation. The Minister for Environment at the time collected the cultivation permit in 2010 and then imposed an indefinite moratorium.

Eggplants legal in Bangladesh

India’s neighbour Bangladesh authorised the cultivation of these Bt eggplants in 2013. Since then, environmental activists have repeatedly warned that Bt seedlings could be smuggled into India, according to the Asia-Pacific Research, which suggests that other genetically modified plants in India would also be cultivated illegally and that official control would fail.

There's a dispute on the source of Bt eggplatns in India. Did they come from Bangadlesh? GM Free India pointed out that in 2010 Mahyco and the Indian Ministry of the Environment had agreed on handing over of all remaining Bt seedlings to a government research facility. This never happened, wrote GM Free India, demanding the punishment of those responsible. The director of the research institute confirmed in a statement to the Times of India that his institute had not received a single seedling. In contrast, a Mahyco spokesman told the newspaper that all legal requirements had been met. Indian authorities said that the Bt eggplants in Haryana were not from the Mahyco modification.
 

Source: https://organic-market.info/news-in-brief-and-reports-article/illegal-genetically-engineered-eggplants-on-indian-fields.html

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