Bt Brinjal Farmer Speaks Out

Eggplant farmer, Mohammad Hafizur Rahman
Eggplant farmer, Mohammad Hafizur Rahman

Check out this video of Bengladesh farmer, Mohammad Hafizur Rahman setting straight the record about his Bt Brinjal crop. If we can believe the translation and subtitles, he claims to have a 100% increase in yield using genetically modified Bt Brinjal (eggplant). Evidently, an earlier news report about his fields dying prematurely were unfounded (if you read the comments in this story by the Alliance for Science (Cornell), there is some push back from the original reporter covering the story). This story appears to be as much about the reporter and the issue of getting to the ‘truth’ of a matter as it is about GMOs. This is an issue we’ll be dealing with going forward, I am sure. I would like to see a transcript of the entire interview in Bangli so that it could be dissected. There seems to be a storm brewing over truth regarding GMOs, and hanging in the balance is our ability as a people to feed ourselves. Rahman makes a simple point: if I use this Bt seed, I can produce twice as much saleable produce than without it.

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