EXPOSING THE CON: HOW MONSANTO’S INFERIOR GE COTTON MORPHED FROM ORCHESTRATED ‘HERO’ TO HEEL IN THIS AFRICAN NATION. Monsanto’s strategic deployment of cash and immense power to greedily further its own ends is increasingly hitting up against the brick wall of truth in courtrooms and the media.
What little is left of Monsanto’s scant ‘credibility’ is fast diminishing thanks to fatally-flawed products – most notably its stable of vulnerable Genetically Engineered crops and flagship probable-human-carcinogen ‘Roundup’ (Glyphosate) herbicide.
This valuable narrative in ‘Quartz’ about Monsanto’s con in the landlocked country of Burkina Faso in West Africa is well worth reading in order to understand the Monsanto modus operandi.
The truth will set us free. Jim
“The West African nation of Burkina Faso was once the poster child for genetically modified (GM) crop advocates. Its 2008 adoption of GM cotton for smallholder farmers was hailed as an example of how these technologies could alleviate poverty and food insecurity by protecting crops from pests and increasing yields.
“But this much celebrated success story came to an abrupt halt in 2016, when the Burkina Faso government and cotton companies decided to abandon GM cotton…
“Burkina Faso was the first African country where a GM crop was principally grown by smallholder farmers. The crop was an insect-resistant cotton variety, developed through a partnership with the US-based agri-business company Monsanto (now Bayer CropScience). At its height nearly 150,000 Burkinabè households grew GM cotton.
“Supporters quickly broadcast study findings demonstrating increased average yields and incomes. This developed into a prominent narrative of success…
“Observers were shocked when only eight years later Burkina Faso abandoned genetically modified cotton. The reason: it had shorter-fibre lint and ginning machines extracted proportionally less lint from harvested cotton bolls. This led to $76 million in losses for cotton companies.
“Other problems also surfaced. New evidence showed that GM cotton yields were less than half of early projections. And there were significant variations among farmers. Many farmers lost money…
“Our new research, which draws on over 250 interviews and in-depth research in Burkina Faso spanning over a decade, traces what happened. We found that rather than an abrupt turnaround, these problems were known by cotton sector officials as early as 2006—10 years before Burkina Faso abandoned GM cotton.
“The puzzle we unravel is how a success narrative could be built when problems were readily apparent.
“In short, the story has a lot to do with power.”