On March 6, 2010 The Hindu (and none of the other media players in India ) posted this news. Bt cotton ineffective against pest in parts of Gujarat, admits Monsanto . In a rare first of its kind any where in the world, Monsanto openly admitted its failure in what is otherwise hailed as the success story of Bt Cotton, the saviour of cotton farmers.
Genetically modified (click here to know more about GM crops) Bt Cotton was introduced in India in 2002 as a fool proof seed variety which could withstand attack of the most common pink bollworm pest. The Hindu reported that Monsanto had admitted that at least in some parts of Gujarat where the seeds were introduced , the pink bollworm have developed resistance to its Bt crop.
A news release dated March 5 , 2010 by Monsanto says "Monsantoi and Mahyco scientists detected unusual survival of pink bollworm to first-generation single-protein Bollgard cotton... in four districts in Gujarat – Amreli, Bhavnagar, Junagarh and Rajkot."
Monsanto accepts its Bt cotton failed pest-control tests - Times of India
Bt cotton flunks pest resistance test in Gujarat - Hindustan Times
Bollworm in Gujarat Bt Cotton: GEAC to look into report - Indian Express
It is interesting to note how each of the media houses camouflage the news, none beats the story filed in Business Standard. The 'news' item in Business Standard tries to establish that the failure of Monsanto as reported by Monsanto itself is not correct!!
Its a curious case of media reporting.
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