After the Jonestown mass murder-suicide, this one appears to be largest mass suicide by any living organism - in this case eggplants, or as the Indians would like to call them, brinjals. Well, technically they are not suicides but public hanging of a thousand eggplants in different parts of Mumbai, India, by the Greenpeace. A note attached to the rope by which the eggplants were hung said:
I cannot live in this place where my identity is being manipulated. For the first time crazy scientists and seed companies who want profit out of selling my (brinjal) seeds are tinkering with my genes.
Rajesh Krishnan, the campaign manager for Greenpeace said,
"The whole idea is to draw consumer attention to food safety issues as the government is about to commercialise BT brinjal, the first genetically engineered crop in India".
Lest this post be considered prejudicial to the identity of the GE eggplant, I'll point to one of the several articles and research reports on both the benefits and the safety issues relating to genetically engineered foods: Food Safety and Genetically Modified Foods, a report published by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.