Another horrible development brought to you by Cornell University. Here,
genetically engineered eggplants (brinjal) cloaked as "preventing
hunger". It "reduces the use of spraying pesticides"
(supposedly) by turning every cell into a pesticide factory. Can't wash
it off. Sterilizes the soil. Chalk up another victory for industrial
capitalism and the New World Order.
SOURCE: Cornell University
March 29, 2016 00:01 ET
$4.8 Million USAID Grant to Strengthen Biotechnology Partnership
and Improve Food Security in South AsiaITHACA, NY--(Marketwired
- March 29, 2016) - To strengthen capacity to develop and disseminate
genetically engineered eggplant in Bangladesh and the Philippines, the
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded Cornell a
$4.8 million, three-year grant. The award supports USAID's work under
Feed the Future, the U.S. government's global initiative to fight hunger
and improve food security using agricultural science and technology.
In the Feed the Future South Asia Eggplant Improvement Partnership,
Cornell will protect eggplant farmers from yield losses and improve their
livelihoods in partnership with the Bangladesh Agricultural Research
Institute (BARI) and the University of the Philippines at Los BaĂ±os.
Eggplant, or brinjal, is a staple crop that is an important source of
income and nutrition for farmers and consumers in South Asia.
"Because of infestation by the fruit and shoot borer, or FSB, as
much as 70 percent of the eggplant crop in South Asia never makes it to
market," said Anthony Shelton, international professor of entomology
in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell, who will
direct the project. "Farmers in Asia spray hazardous insecticides as
often as every other day to control FSB."
Genetically engineered eggplant, or Bt brinjal, has been developed over
the last 11 years and uses a gene from a naturally occurring soil
bacterium to produce a protein that causes borers to stop feeding.
"Bt, or bacillus thuringiensis, is a biological pesticide
that organic growers have used for decades," said Shelton. "Bt
brinjal increases food security and reduces the use of insecticides that
negatively affects human health and the environment."
"Bangladesh faces food shortages, increasing population, and
decreasing amounts of arable land," said Dr. Md. Rafiqul Islam
Mondal, director general of BARI. "Genetically engineered crops
developed under the Feed the Future South Asia Eggplant Improvement
Partnership will enhance the quality of life for Bangladeshis by
increasing income, improving nutrition and health, and fostering a safer
Over the past decade, Cornell has led the Agricultural Biotechnology
Support Project II (ABSPII), also funded by USAID, that prompted a
consortium of institutions in Asia and Africa to use the tools of modern
biotechnology, particularly genetic engineering, to improve crops to
address major production constraints for which conventional plant
breeding tools have not been effective.
According to Shelton, ABSPII's most significant achievement was working
with BARI and the Bangladesh government to achieve product authorization
of eggplant varieties in that country.
"The Feed the Future South Asia Eggplant Improvement Partnership
award will help realize the full impact of USAID's preceding years'
investment in research and technology development, to facilitate the
late-stage development, deregulation, commercialization and dissemination
of Bt eggplant to farmers," said Joe Huesing, USAID senior
biotechnology adviser.. "The goal is to increase food security and
improve environmental quality through supporting the national partners in
their efforts to commercialize and adopt genetically engineered
In October 2013, Bangladesh became the first country in South Asia to
approve commercial cultivation of a genetically engineered food crop. In
February 2014, Matia Chowdhury, the Bangladesh minister of agriculture,
released four varieties of Bt brinjal to 20 farmers. With the
establishment of the 20 Bt brinjal demonstration plots in 2014 and 104
more in 2015, BARI reported a noticeable decrease in fruit and shoot
borer infestation, increased yields, decreased use of pesticide and
improved income for farmers.
"The performance of Bt brinjal was better than non-Bt brinjal in all
districts," said Mondal.
Five additional Bt eggplant varieties are in the pipeline for release in
The Feed the Future South Asia Eggplant Improvement Partnership addresses
and integrates all elements of the commercialization process -- including
technology development, regulation, marketing, seed distribution, and
product stewardship. It also provides strong platforms for policy
development, capacity building, gender equality, outreach and
For more information, see
and this YouTube video
"Bt Eggplant: A new option for farmers in