Indian bishop warns on GM as crop fails
Thousands of farmers have been left in the lurch in eastern India after the failure of a crop of genetically modified maize.
The Bihar state government now plans legal action against the distributors of the maize seeds produced by the US-based company Monsanto, while a Catholic bishop has cautioned people about the traps of globalisation.
Puranamashi Ram, Bihar's food minister, said that farmers, mostly in the state's 20 northern districts, cultivated Monsanto's "900 M" variety maize.
"The plants have grown copiously and even borne large-sized corncob, (but) to the shock of our farmers, they have no grains within them," he said.
Bishop Victor Henry Thakur of Bettiahdescribes the crop failure as "a tip of the iceberg."
Vatican official says GM food "no big deal" (18/12/02)
Genetically Modified Food: The Impending Disaster Statement of the Catholic Bishops of South Africa 14nov01
Bishop Victor Henry Thakur (catholic-hierarchy.org)
7 Apr 2003