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.

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Navdanya means “nine seeds” (symbolizing protection of biological and cultural diversity) and also the “new gift” (for seed as commons, based on the right to save and share seeds In today’s context of biological and ecological destruction, seed savers are the true givers of seed. This gift or “dana” of Navadhanyas (nine seeds) is the ultimate gift – it is a gift of life, of heritage and continuity. Conserving seed is conserving biodiversity, conserving knowledge of the seed and its utilization, conserving culture, conserving sustainability.

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