Stopping genetic junk

Never in the past have crops, cultivated by us, had to undergo such scrutiny. But the scrutiny is required especially in the case of genetically engineered [GE] or genetically modified [GM] crops.

GE crops are organisms created artificially in labs through a process known as recombinant DNA technology. The unpredictability and irreversibility of GE have raised a lot of questions about this technology. Moreover, studies have found that GE crops harm the environment and have a potential to risk human health. All this has resulted in a controversy across the world about the need to introduce this dangerous technology.

Greenpeace in India and in several other countries entered the agriculture scenario with the campaign against the environmental release of GE or GM organisms.  GE crops represent everything that is wrong with our agriculture. They perpetuate the destruction of our biodiversity and the increasing control of corporations over our food and farming.

Campaign story:

The anti GE campaign has contributed in ensuring a serious debate on the need for GE crops in the country. It has also ensured that India does not approve commercialisation of any GM food crop.

The campaign has brought together farmers, consumers, traders, scientists and other civil society organisations to put up a brave front against the entry of GM crops in our country. This resulted in the indefinite moratorium on Bt brinjal, the first GM food crop that was up for commercialisation.

While Bt brinjal has been stalled for now, 56 other crops are being genetically modified and are waiting for approval. Rice is the leader amongst these. If not stopped the entire country would become one big feeding experiment for GM seed companies.

The campaign is trying to plug the gaps in the existing regulatory system in the country to stop the release of any GM crops. We are also asking the government to come up with a bio-safety regime that will prioritise citizen’s health, environmental safety and the nation’s socio-economic fabric.

As the citizen is also a consumer and has a right to safe GM free food, we have been mobilizing consumers and engaging with food brands in the country to ensure that the food industry in the country remains GM free. For the first time in India there is a consumer campaign against GM food and food brands have started to notice this consumer opinion.

To summarise, our basic demands are:

1. A complete ban the release of any genetically modified organisms in the environment, either for commercial cultivation or for experiments.

2. Re-focus scientific research on ecological alternatives, to identify agro-ecological practices that ensure future food security under a changing climate.

The latest updates

 

GE canola stopped

Feature story | December 6, 2006 at 4:30

NEWCASTLE, Australia — Greenpeace activists have blocked a shipment of genetically engineered (GE) canola seeds. Our action has stopped the seeds from being crushed and contaminating the food chain. It is the first ever GE canola to enter Australia.

GE Rice Contamination Hotspots Map for India

Publication | November 28, 2006 at 15:37

Rice is the world’s most important staple food - grown and consumed by a vast majority of Indians.But the future biodiversity of rice; the livelihood of rice farmers, producers and consumers is threatened by the introduction of Genetically...

Veteran organic agriculture scientist Mr

Image | November 16, 2006 at 10:18

Veteran organic agriculture scientist Mr.Nammalwar releases Greenpeace report, Future of Rice 2006 at a press conference in Chennai on 15 October. To his left is Tamil Nadu Farmers Association President, Mr. Chellumuthu.

Future of Rice - Executive Summary

Publication | November 15, 2006 at 4:30

This report by Greenpeace is put together by Dr Emerlito Borromeo ( PhD degree in genetics), and Dr Debal Deb ( Ph .D . in Ecology) . The report raises fundamental questions on genetic engineering in agriculture -Do these high tech rice...

A Greenpeace activist speaks up at the International

Image | October 10, 2006 at 19:14

A Greenpeace activist speaks up at the International Rice Congress in New Delhi, demanding that delegates take urgent and immediate action to keep rice everywhere GE Free. Greenpeace today released evidence that rice products in the Middle East...

Crop Circles Appear on Three Continents

Feature story | October 5, 2006 at 3:30

Huge crop circles in maize fields in Mexico, Spain and Philippines have appeared as we launch a global campaign to protect the home of maize from genetic contamination.

Contaminated Chinese rice found in Europe

Feature story | September 6, 2006 at 3:30

LONDON, United Kingdom — The genetic engineering industry sank to a new low when it was revealed recently that US company Bayer's field trials of genetically engineered (GE) rice had contaminated rice exports. Japan moved fast and banned the US...

Chasing the GE rice trail

Publication | September 5, 2006 at 14:50

Chasing the GE rice trail

The Problem with GE rice

Publication | September 5, 2006 at 14:48

The Problem with GE rice

Greenpeace discovers illegal GE (Genetically

Image | September 5, 2006 at 3:30

Greenpeace discovers illegal GE (Genetically Engineered) rice from China has contaminated food products brought in the UK, GE is also found in food products in France and Germany. Greenpeace is calling for immediate recall measures to ensure no...

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