“We do not buy seeds from the market because we suspect they may be contaminated with genetically engineered or terminator seeds,” says Pavamma, a Dalit woman in village Palarum, near the town of Zaheerabad, about 110 kms north-west of the high-tech city of Hyderabad. George W Bush signed “Knowledge Initiative in Agriculture ” [KIA] with Manmohan Singh [the Indian Prime Minister] in March 2006, cheered by representatives of Monsanto and Wal-Mart, in the same city. Pavamma does not know about KIA and, I’m sure, she wouldn’t care to know what this bush is. Women of Zaheerabad take on Monsanto and show the way to food security.

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