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September 26, 2011

India sues Monsanto for biopiracy over GM eggplant

The National Biodiversity Authority of India is suing Monsanto corporation for what is claims was the unapproved use of local varieties of eggplant/aubergine/brinjal to develop the company's gene-modified variety of the crop.

The introduction of the Bt brinjal, as it is known in India, was stopped in 2010 by Indian authorities on the grounds that more product safety tests were needed.

India is particularly sensitive to biopiracy because of previous attempts by biotechnology companies to patent plants that it was said were merely repackaged versions of pre-existing local varieties.

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