Missouri, USA. Monsanto, the leading producer of genetically engineered agricultural products worldwide, has announced its plans to develop a new variety of BT Brinjal that will taste like cooked chicken meat. Company claims that such product will help thousands of those non-vegetarian people who want to become vegetarian by choice but have been unable to do so because they could never resist the tempting taste of non-vegetarian food.
“Contrary to the propaganda being waged against us, our company believes in preserving and conserving our environment and contributing to a better tomorrow. It is part of our serious attempt towards building a greener world, and we are trying to encourage vegetarianism through this step.” Hugh Grant, Chairman, President, and CEO of Monsanto announced in a press conference.
When asked by journalists if the new range of brinjals would have bones as well, Mr. Grant answered in negative but asked his deputy to take note of the question.
“Very good question! I think it’s a nice idea; many non-vegetarian people not only enjoy the taste of meat, they actually like gnawing at the bones and shredding the meat from it. Our company is committed to making the world greener and our next attempt would be to create brinjals with bones.” Hugh Grant assured the journalist from a Cooking and Food magazine.
New Brinjals would be available in chicken flavor to being with and would be commercially released later this year. Based on the response and feedback, the company will release new flavors like mutton, beef and pork, if deemed safe in religious terms.
Analysts see this brinjal by Monsanto as their desperate attempt to make inroads into the environmental activists and win away the activists supporting environmental vegetarianism. While a few of the vegetarians have welcomed the move, most of them have greeted the news with caution.
“It’s a nice thing that at last Monsanto has started caring for animal life, but they still need to answer the questions about environment, humans and plant life. Will their new BT Brinjal be safe for consumption by human beings? Such questions still remain unanswered.” Bharat Vyas, one of the vegetarianism activists said.
Apart from such questions, Monsanto seems headed for more trouble as activists belonging to a certain BBA (Baingan Bachao Andolan or save the brinjal movement) in India have threatened to launch an agitation against the move. These activists claim that the move would sound death knell for brinjals in India.
“BT foods are known to replace the local variety of agricultural crops and farmers become slave to the seeds. Soon natural brinjals would be extinct and our kids would see them along with tigers and dinosaurs in museum.” one of the BBA activists warned of the consequences.
(based on inputs by special correspondent Hozefa Merchant)