Anti-genetic engineering activist Vandana Shiva, who has also moved the court against Monsanto in different cases, has blamed the American seed maker for deaths due to pesticide inhalation. Shiva visited Yavatmal on Tuesday, where she met victims at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH).
Talking to TOI from Yavatmal, Shiva said even though the chief minister has said pesticide companies are guilty of culpable homicide, it is Monsanto which is to be blamed ultimately.
"The Bt cotton seeds, which the company claims to be resistant to bollworm, have failed against the pest. There has been a major attack of pink bollworm on cotton crop. The attack has led to higher spraying of pesticides, causing deaths due to the hazardous substances," said Shiva.