Africans push back against Monsanto’s modified proprietary seeds
One-hundred organizations representing more than 5 million Nigerians, including farmers, faith-based organisations, civil society groups, students and local community groups, have submitted a joint objection to the country’s National Biosafety Management Agency (NABMA) expressing serious concerns about human health and environmental risks of genetically altered crops.
The groups’ petition follows Monsanto Agricultural Nigeria Limited’s own application to NAMBA that seeks to release GMO cotton (Bt cotton, event MON 15985) into the city of Zaria as well as surrounding towns. Another application seeks confined field trials of two GMO corn varieties (NK603 and stacked event MON 89034 x NK603) in multiple locations in Nigeria.
In a press release, the groups said they are particularly alarmed about the commercial release of Bt cotton into Nigeria, which is being phased out in Burkina Faso due to the “inferior lint quality” of the GMO cultivars.
Phi Beta Iota: We anticipate the day when individual Monsanto employees are executed; Monsanto offices are fire-bombed, and Monsanto crops are burned to the ground whenever discovered. Monsanto is over. They just don’t get it — now that everyone realizes governments are corrupt and geo-engineering and GMO are destroying the planet, individuals and communities are going to begin exercising vigilante justice. Africa and Latin America are the most likely places where Monsanto could be made a public example of fatal capitalism. India has potential as a government that might — there are no assurances — become an evidence-based enterprise able to reject illegal treaties imposed by foreign powers lacking in integrity. What India does with Open Source Everything Engineering (OSEE) could well save civilization. What India does to reject geo-engineering and GMO could well save the Earth.