GM crops are grown in more a dozen countries and in over 188 million ha of land. That’s huge area and that too for nearly three decades. Something has to be there for farmers to cultivate such crops. There are many options, farmers can chose from. But millions of farmers have chosen GM products. Increased farm income resulted from higher productivity and decrease use of resources. While GM in food crops has remained a bone of contention between MNCs and farmer activists, no one seems to oppose GM in medicine. Whether it is the new generation of antibiotics, insulin or neutraceuticals; GM rules the nest. We want more of these in medicine, human health, customised healthcare and save every precious life. That is a paradox to me as one quarter of mankind go to sleep every night, food deprived. Unpredictable climatic regimes has made agriculture largely unprofitable around vast areas of land. To add to woes, increased pressure on land masses by increased human activity, alternate gainful opportunities apart from agriculture, has made people (small and marginal farmers) move away from farming.
Opposition to GM (genetically modified) is not new. Many organisations thrive on the agenda to act against GM. Monsanto always has been their target aka love to hate company. Their (activist org.) bread and butter is opposing GM. Now, that Bayer has finally acquired Monsanto, whats in store for these organisations ? Bayer says it will initiate a broader dialogue with the society before marketing its product, will not shy of GM crops though. Per haves, for the time being, Bayer will not bring GM to new markets like Europe. But it may continue to support GM crops in already introduced markets. Lets leave that to the wisdom of Bayer and co.
Now, that the host is gone and the party is over, activists will have to find something else to thrive!