The African Center for Biosafety (ACB) has released a report detailing the history and current efforts of Monsanto in Africa.The report can be accessed here.
Monsanto’s controversial GM maize, MON 810, which met with severe backlash in South Africa due to massive insect crop resistance failed in South Africa after a fifteen year battle. The maize has been withdrawn from the SA market and farmers were compensated by Monsanto for having to increase their pesticide use to deal with the mutated crop resistant insects.
Now Monsanto has focused its efforts on other African Countries using the African continent as a guinea pig to create a devastating environmental impact. According to the ACB report, Monsanto has now donated its MON810 GM technology ‘royalty-free’ to a Gates Foundation/Monsanto funded ‘philanthropic’ project, Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA). WEMA is being rolled out in Mozambique, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. The catastrophic defective GM maize is set to be approved for commercial growing by 2015, with field trials of MON810 already implemented in Kenya and Uganda.
The Director of the ACB, Mariam Mayet, commented on Monsanto’s environmental impact ‘Monsanto got the science completely wrong on this one. Independent biosafety scientists have discovered that the inheritance of resistance in African stem borers is a dominant, not recessive, trait as erroneously assumed. Hence the insect resistance management strategies that Monsanto developed, and accepted by our regulators, based on these erroneous assumptions, were utterly ineffective.’