Myth: Because Bt brinjal is genetically modified means that more chemicals are used and promotes monoculture cropping

Truth: The association of GMOs with chemical monoculture derives from a misunderstanding about herbicide-tolerant crops widely used in North and South America. Bt brinjal is genetically engineered to avoid the use of insecticides, not to encourage it. It is not ‘resistant to pesticides’, as is sometimes alleged. Because Bt brinjal contains a Bt protein it is able to resist pest infestation with minimal or no application of toxic insecticides. For those consumers who select organic food to avoid toxic chemicals, Bt brinjal would be a good choice.