Monsato finds fertile market in Nigeria’s unregulated pesticide market – Tola Adenle

June 15, 2016

Nigeria

Monsato’s evil entry into Nigeria through corruption-prone government officials has enabled the feared chemical giant to introduce another danger to Nigeria’s food chain, the dreaded NK603, a GMO that European scientists found to accelerate tumors as long ago as 2012.

 In a two-year study, a team of French researchers led by Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini found that rats fed Monsanto’s “Roundup Ready” corn developed significantly more tumors than a control group not fed GM corn. The rats fed a GM diet also developed tumors that appeared earlier and behaved more aggressively, and died sooner than rats in the control group.

The Monsanto corporation has been orchestrating a public relations campaign to downplay and discredit the results, pointing out that the species of rat used is prone to tumors and that its own studies showed no problem.

However, the results, published in the prestigious peer-reviewed scientific journal Food and Chemical Toxicology, have not been called into question in any serious way, and the two year study is one that can, in accordance with scientific method, be replicated in order to prove or disprove the results. [Source below]

In Nigeria today, potent pesticides and herbicides are sold on streets by itinerant young hawkers, and are routinely used everywhere not only by farmers who understand not the dangers posed on their health that are inherent in the mere applications of these toxic chemicals by not protecting themselves but also through food and environmental degradation by everybody in society.

In the country’s open air markets, a look at vegetables, especially by eyes that have seen the same produces years and years ago tell a buyer that most are not the same old vegetables: tẹ̀tẹ̀ with leaves the sizes of ewé eran (leaf for wrapping food); ṣọkọ with red, purple an magenta colors; ẹ̀fọ́ ìgbó with near-cocoyam size leaves; pawpaw with strange tastes, including a salty type  I once personally tasted, and that non-traditional pepper, tatase, that sometimes show up in markets in sizes larger than oranges are all common in  Nigeria’s southwest these days. 

The hybridization in vegetables have become so frightening that in Ibadan, Nigeria, I ensure that I am at the huge major Bodija Market as soon as day breaks so that I may be able to purchase traditional old vegetables which are getting more and more difficult to come by.  That kind of action, however, is hardly enough to avoid the dangers that lurk in food and water supply in Nigeria these days.

Most Nigerians – not only in rural areas – get their water supply from shallow wells, flowing rivers, streams and small lakes, and the effluent from the indiscriminate uses of herbicides and pesticides end up in some of these sources of water supply.

Monsanto has deployed its fire power about the introduction of NK603 maize/corn to Nigeria to douse the fears of Nigerians about a license issued to Monsato’s Africulture Nigeria Ltd., signed by the Director-General of the  National Biosafety Management Agency, Rufus Ebegba. The online news site, premiumtimes.com reported that the license was signed on Nigeria’s work-free Labor Day, May 1, 2016!

As has now become the usual practice of Monsato every time informed concerns are raised about its chemically-gestated genetically-modified products, it immediately unleashed massive propaganda to quieten the complaints and furor of Nigerians against believing the news-report by premiumtimes.com.

Claiming Nigerians’ fears are unfounded, the statement issued contains the following down-home palliative:

“Many of us at Monsanto are parents who have spent a lot of time thinking about and studying GMOS and we feel confident feeding them to our kids,” Charla Lord, a Monsanto spokesperson said in an email Thursday …”

I would be surprised if  lead researchers at Monsato or any biotech company in America do not shop organic because millions of Americans WHO CAN AFFORD THE HIGHER PRICES do these days. I do as much as I can.

My Significant Other discovered something strange when we bought regular apples in the recent past which we had not done in a long while: I soaked them overnight, hoping the material that gives apples the high sheen – Alar  [daminozide] – would disappear and become safe. One morning after almost two weeks of eating, he discovered white specs on the skin after removing his from the water. I quickly turned to the web to check on “alar” again after first encountering the word which was in the news in the 80s; nothing seems to have changed to justify my momentary lapse into taking my eyes off the ball of as much avoidance of toxic food as possible:

“There remains disagreement and controversy about the safety of Alar and the appropriateness of the response to it. Daminozide remains classified as a probable human carcinogen by the EPA and is listed as a known carcinogen under California‘s Prop 65. Its breakdown product UDMH is also listed as a Prop 65 carcinogen, IARC classifies it as “possible” carcinogen, and EPA classifies it as a ‘probable’ carcinogen.”  [Wikipedia]

Manufacturing giants are so rich and powerful that when a major US television network, the CBS once – how can I describe it to be friendly to the Monsatos of this powerless-against-Big Corps world – got sued for “badmouthing” Alar by The People At Alar for a whopping $100 milllion for “scaring” people like this blogger about their product.” 1994: suit dismissed.”

A little info is in order here:  Elizabeth Whelan and her organization, the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH), which had received $25,000 from Alar’s manufacturer, stated that Alar and its breakdown product UDMH had not been shown to be carcinogenic.”  [Wikipedia] End of story.

I believe the license of Monsato’s Africulture Nigeria Ltd. first of all for NK603 should first be cancelled if, indeed, Rufus Ebegba who reportedly signed it as Director-General of National Biosafety Management Agency, did so on May Day, a work-free day. Secondly, it would not be out of place to have this top civil servant investigated about why he was so efficient as to sign a licence on behalf of the government for such an important issue.

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  1. Update: Nigeria changes tune on NK603 gmo – “we only approved field trials”! | emotanafricana.com - June 22, 2016

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