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AW: Reply to KRRS & Monsanto, archives 448, 461, 462

Dear Rick,

would you please read or publish the whole message! I send it again  in
full length, because there are obviously some doubts, at least for the
Indian Government. Please read the last sentence, which ist marked. And
please, stop such sort of desinformation, sending crippled news to the
mailing list.


"long version"
Field trials of cotton varieties not `terminator' related 


GULBARGA: Field trials of Bollgard cotton varieties by the United
States-based seed giant monsanto at four places in Karnataka were not
related to the `Terminator gene', University of Agriculture Science
(UAS) Vice-Chancellor M Mahadevappa has said. 

The much-feared `Terminator gene' prevents the use of second generation
seeds for sowing. 

Talking to newspersons here, he said that monsanto was conducting the
trials of genetically developed Bollgard cotton variety seeds under
special conditions in the country.  

The seed was developed by injuction of a gene taken from the soil
bacterium, bacillius thuringiensis (BT). 

 The BT gene was capable of killing certain insects, including the
commonly found pest `heliothis'(caterpillar). This pest is not
vulnerable to pesticides available in the market at present. 

However, the Bollgard had reportedly proved to kill caterpillars, soon
after they feast on the plant. 

 The Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS), a farmers' organisation, had
announced agitational programme against monsanto, terming the Bollgard
seed as ``Terminator seeds''. They had also uprooted the crop planted at
a farm recently. 

The State Government had constituted an inquiry committee to bring out
the `facts' on the alleged trial of `Terminator gene' in the state. 


> ----------
> Von: 	Rick Roush[]
> Gesendet: 	Donnerstag, 3. Dezember 1998 03:49
> An:
> Betreff: 	Reply to KRRS & Monsanto, archives 448, 461, 462
"short version"
> With the publication of  
> Field trials of cotton varieties not `terminator' related 
> archive 462, if not on 25 Nov (see below), Prof M D Nanjundaswamy
> surely knows that Bt cotton is not terminator related. 
> Also, it should not be expected that the Bt cotton will kill ALL
> bollworms, Like many environmentally friendly approaches, it is only
> partially effective. 
> >Date:  Wed, 25 Nov 1998 12:03:15 +0100 
> >Subject: Urgent information request 
> > 
> >Dear friends, 
> > 
> ...... thus making it very easy for Monsanto to reject the criticism 
> >on the ground that TT is not being used in the field trials, and to
> get 
> >away with their claim that TT is 'only a concept'. 
> > 
> >We hence want to shift the attention of the media to Bt and to 
> >biotechnology in general, and will stop for a while using TT as an 
> >example of the destructive potential of Monsanto........