Saturday Slam #3

Try this. Google ‘Monsanto’. Go ahead, I can wait…

So, aside from the company’s own domains and the ubiquitous Wikipedia site, you probably discovered as did I, top sites containing ‘Monsanto’ are ironically mostly about how toxic of a company it is.

Ironic because according to their website Monsanto pledges to be dedicated to providing farmers the broadest choice of products and services that will help them produce more, conserve more and lead improved lives. [they] offer the highest-yielding conventional and biotech seeds on the market…

So, ten years after Monsanto Introduced Bt Cotton to Maharashtra India, the weekly spotlight of the Saturday Slam shines upon Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company (Mahyco), a partner of US multinational Monsanto who has officially admitted Bt cotton failure in more than 4 million hectares of land has reduced cotton yield by nearly 40%.

The same article estimates a net direct economic loss to cotton farmers in Maharashtra will be nearly Rs6,000 crore.  Accumulated losses likely more than Rs20,000 crore due to a steep rise in cultivation costs.

Subsequently Bt cotton has been banned in India and Mahyco was served notice over allegations of hoarding and over-pricing however, Monsanto maintains:

…sustainable agriculture is at [its] core. [They] are committed to developing the technologies that enable farmers to produce more crops while conserving more of the natural resources that are essential to their success. By 2030, [they] will do [their] part by: Producing More, Conserving More, Improving Lives.

If it looks like a snake and slithers like a snake chances are…

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