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India vs. Monsanto: seeds of discord

France24 Focus, 21 Sept 2011.

For the first time ever, a country - India - is accusing a multinational company of "bio-piracy". That means stealing indigenous plants, and then trying to develop genetically modified versions of them, without giving any compensation back to the local people or nation where the plant originally came from. 

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Fruits of doing nothing

Raghava's high coconut yield

Aparna Pallavi, downtoearth.com, 31 Aug 2011

“My major work on the farm is just picking the harvest,” says Raghava with a straight face. It takes some time for the fact to sink in that this young farmer is not joking. One begins to believe him only after visiting his coconut plantation in village Mallanayakanahalli in Karnataka’s Devangere district.