"Cremate Monsanto" Campaign Spreads Across India, Field Trials Stopped
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Field Trials of GE Crops to Stop in Andhra Pradesh
by PROF. NANJUNDA SWAMY"
Fri, 4 Dec 1998
"Cremation Monsanto", the campaign launched by the KRRS in Karnataka
(India) against Monsanto's field trials on BT cotton is spreading all
over the country as many other farmers organisations are taking up the
struggle. Following the first action in Karnataka, where a Bt cotton
field was reduced to ashes, cremations have gone on also in the state of
Andhra Pradesh. Activists of Rytu Sangham (AP Farmers Association) also
stormed Monsanto's office in that state's capital, Hyderabad, on
Wednesday the 1st of December.
As a result of all these actions and the rising concern among farmers
about genetically modified crops, the Andhra Pradesh state government
has asked the Mahyco Monsanto Biotech (India) pvt Ltd to stop all its
field trials being conducted in seven districts of the state. Farmers
and scientists from Andhra Pradesh have convened a meeting in Anantapur
on 13th December to intensify the movement.