Myth: Bt brinjal is just a way for big corporations like Monsanto to get into South Asia to take over our seeds

Truth: Bt brinjal was developed in the public sector by the government-operated Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute, for non-commercial purposes. It is not owned by any corporate entity. Seeds will be distributed to farmers in a non-commercial approach where small and medium-enterprise farmers will access seed through the state university distribution system. International technical assistance has come from experts at Cornell University in the United States, with funding from USAID. Anti-GMO activists contend that Bt brinjal is somehow a trojan horse for Monsanto, but in reality Monsanto has nothing to do with the project — its only early involvement was freely donating the genetic constructs for Bt expression to the project partners in India. Monsanto has no ownership rights over Bt brinjal.