Indian Scientists Found Guilty of GMO Fraud and Monsanto Gene Seed Contamination

cotton seedsAn expert panel which was asked to investigate the of a GM , (Bikaneri Nerma Bt also known as Bt), revealed that the crop was contaminated with a Monsanto gene.

The report also declared guilty of commercializing contaminated GM despite being fully aware of the for years.

The GM that is at issue, Bikaneri Nerma Bt or Bt, was developed by the Nagpur-based Central Institute for () of the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) and was touted as an alternative to a GM cotton marketed by Mayco company.

Two years ago, Mayco complained to the ICAR that Bt, in fact contained a gene developed by its partner Monsanto.

Now, the expert panel report reveals how the Monsanto gene took place and that scientists at various levels tried to cover it up and that the was not accidental. The five-member panel was headed by leading and vice-chancellor S K Sopory.

The report demonstrates that scientists knew about the and yet they went ahead with and of seeds.

“There were indications prior to commercial release in 2009 that Bt was contaminated. These were not formally brought to the attention of relevant authorities. Neither these indications were followed up appropriately by the scientist who observed them nor was any attention paid by others who came to know of them”, the report has concluded.

“There seemed to extreme hurry to come up with public sector Bt cotton”, it adds.

Source

India Today

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