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[25 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 6,372 views]
GM crops and trade security issues

Aggressive lobbying by biotech corporations like Monsanto, Bayer, Syngenta and Aventis today play a defining role in international policies and decisions governing trade in GM crops and foods. Trade laws are tailored to suit agribusiness and megacorps while citizens are losing their right to decide what they consume. Farmers, on the other hand, are confronted with seed monopolies and increased volatility in trade prospects, writes Bhaskar Goswami

In September 2009, Canadian farmers woke up to a grim prospect. European companies had detected genetically modified (GM) flax in their consignment. Within two …