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Tamil Nadu Anti-GE Movement Staged a Demonstration in Coimbatore Protesting BT Seeds.

Indian Express, May 6, 2008

On April 14, a group of workers under the banner of Tamil Nadu Anti-GE Movement staged a demonstration in Coimbatore protesting BT seeds. The workers urged the government not to give permission to any research organisation for conducting further experiments on the seeds. Last year, a group of agricultural activists went on a rampage at a trial field where BT paddy seeds were grown near Coimbatore. Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Corporation (Mahyco) and Monsanto India entered into joint venture and formed Mahyco Monsanto Biotech (India) Ltd (MMB) to market Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) cotton hybrid seeds A study in Madhya Pradesh found that farm workers exposed to Bt cotton had developed allergies There were mass deaths of cattle grazing on the remains in harvested Bt cotton fields in Warangal district No country has cleared the commercial sale of Bt rice. Mexico, the birthplace of corn, has a ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered corn ¦ Peru, the centre of origin of potatoes, has a ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered potatoes China, home of soybean, does not permit the cultivation of GE soybean