Anti-GMO activists in Bangladesh caught lying about ‘failed’ Bt eggplant farms

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Recently, the Financial Express in Bangladesh published a news article entitled ‘Pest-resistant Bt Brinjal comes under pest attack’, claiming that farmers who are now cultivating insect-resistant genetically-modified brinjal (eggplant) were being forced to spray more pesticides than usual because of severe pest attack. The allegation was clear – that Bt technology has failed, and that farmers are already losing out.

Bt brinjal is a joint public-sector project between the government-run Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) and scientists at Cornell University, with funding from USAID. Hearing the allegations by the Financial Express, BARI’s director of research Khaled Sultan and other project officials immediately traveled to visit the farmer whose Bt brinjal plants were alleged to be dying. What they found is very different from the allegations put out in the media.

The BARI delegation reports that the Bt brinjal crop in farmer Haidul Islam’s field is currently “healthy and infestation-free”. The project team also spoke to the supposedly distressed farmer Haidul Islam, who revealed that the story began when two young men visited his farm and told him that he was growing a “poisonous” crop on his vegetable patch which would be bad for the health of him and his family. The two men did not reveal their identities.

Read the full, original article: Anti-GMO activists in Bangladesh tell lies to farmers and the media

  • Dominick Dickerson

    Addle brained activist’s penchant for prattling and peddling lies never ceases to amaze…

  • quicksilver

    Two wrongs dont make a right.

    The industry that brought organophosphates as the way to beat pests now admit this is wrong.

    The same industries now insist that the GMO crops are the way forward and deny any downsides as they did for chemical farming for 70 or more years.

    No one seriously denies the fantastic yields possible from both projects but we are talking of food to keep us healthy for a lifetime not the 90 days promised safe by Big pHARMa.

    Chemical farming and GMO farming deal in commodities and money and not food.

    Eventually we found you cant eat money.