Genetically engineered maize ready for India? Monsanto data show huge gaps
Munich/ New Delhi 29.01.13
Testbiotech analysed data on the genetically engineered maize MON89034 x NK603 presented by the US company Monsanto to the Indian authorities. The plants, so called stacked events, are produced by crossing two genetically engineered plants. The maize produces two insecticidal toxins and is herbicide-tolerant. One of the insecticidal proteins is derived from a synthetic DNA that does not occur in nature.
The report published today shows the data from Monsanto are not consistent, suffer from several flaws and some even are completely outdated. The analysis was performed at the request of Greenpeace India.
The findings include:
In conclusion, the data cannot be considered sufficient to make decisions on environmental releases or on human health.