Trials for the future

Monsanto gets ready to test modified soyabean in India

Published: Thursday 31 May 2001

Armed with the permission to undertake large-scale trials of Bt cotton, a genetically modified (GM) variety, biotech giant Monsanto has now got permission from the Indian government to import certain strains of its GM soyabean for testing under controlled laboratory conditions.

The Round-up Ready soyabean is a variety that has been modified to resist Monsanto's round-up herbicide. In this way the company has come up with a two-way profit option -- one through the variety itself and the other through the herbicide.

The implications for the local farmers are many. Recently, a Canadian farmer was asked to pay US $85,000 to Monsanto because pollen of GM canola were found on his field ( Read: BIOTECH COMPENSATION, Down To Earth , Vol 9, No 24, May 15).

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