Photo: Approximately 75 people participated in March Against Monsanto Windsor-Essex County, that was part of a world wide day of protest against the agricultural biotechnology company, Monsanto, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. DAX MELMER/The Windsor Star
New Delhi – Monsanto should be tried for “ecocide and genocide” as its genetically modified cotton seeds are responsible for the poor cotton crop yields, deterioration in soil quality and suicides by farmers in India, said NGO Navdanya slamming the World Food Prize conferred on the US multinational Wednesday.
Monsanto has attracted criticism from activists worldwide for being conferred the top food award.
Navdanya, an Indian-based non-governmental organization which promotes biodiversity conservation, biodiversity, organic farming and the rights of farmers, said:
“In a just world, Monsanto should be tried for ecocide and genocide,” it said in a statement.
“Yet on Oct 16, with the full support of powers most responsible for the state of hunger in the world, Monsanto is giving itself the World Food Prize!
It said the award comes on Oct 16, World Food Day,
“Let us honour all the Real Food Heroes who bring us real food by defending our food freedom- small farmers and gardeners, mothers and chefs, honest and real scientists. Let us celebrate those who save and exchange seed, preserve biodiversity and enrich our soils, and who through their actions are building food security all over the world and in communities everywhere with vibrant alternatives based on seed reform and food freedom.
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