Monsanto, a source of many and varied concerns, has added a new one: some of their genetically engineered seed corn, manipulated for high yields and pesticide resistance, sprouted but failed to produce seeds on the cobs. While I'm not in favor of a total ban on genetic engineering, I think it should be handled with much greater care and that dangerous companies like Monsanto should be reined in before they do irreversible harm.
South African farmers suffered millions of dollars in lost income when 82,000 hectares of genetically-manipulated corn (maize) failed to produce hardly any seeds.The plants look lush and healthy from the outside. Monsanto has offered compensation.
Monsanto blames the failure of the three varieties of corn planted on these farms, in three South African provinces,on alleged 'underfertilisation processes in the laboratory". Some 280 of the 1,000 farmers who planted the three varieties of Monsanto corn this year, have reported extensive seedless corn problems.
Urgent investigation demanded However environmental activitist Marian Mayet, director of the Africa-centre for biosecurity in Johannesburg, demands an urgent government investigation and an immediate ban on all GM-foods, blaming the crop failure on Monsanto's genetically-manipulated technology.