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

 

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...

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...

Brinjals seek audience with Sharad Pawar

Image | June 16, 2006 at 3:30

Brinjals seek audience with Sharad Pawar who later met Greenpeace activists to discuss GM brinjal.

Brinjals seek audience with Sharad Pawar

Image | June 16, 2006 at 3:30

Brinjals seek audience with Sharad Pawar who later met Greenpeace activists to discuss GM brinjal.

Brinjals seek audience with Sharad Pawar

Image | June 16, 2006 at 3:30

Brinjals seek audience with Sharad Pawar who later met Greenpeace activists to discuss GM brinjal.

The story of Genetically Engineered Foods "Unpredictable; Irreversable; Unnatural"

Publication | June 16, 2006 at 3:30

Genetic engineering (GE) refers to a set of technologies that are being used to change the genetic makeup of cells of plants and animals to bring about a desired commercial function e.g. insect resistant plants, herbicide tolerant plants,...

Three ‘cows’ and three ‘sheep’

Image | June 13, 2006 at 12:43

Three ‘cows’ and three ‘sheep’, on behalf of 1600 dead cattle, sought an audience with the Minister of Agriculture Mr. Sharad Pawar.

Three ‘cows’ and three ‘sheep’

Image | June 13, 2006 at 12:43

Three ‘cows’ and three ‘sheep’, on behalf of 1600 dead cattle, sought an audience with the Minister of Agriculture Mr. Sharad Pawar.

Three ‘cows’ and three ‘sheep’

Image | June 13, 2006 at 12:43

Three ‘cows’ and three ‘sheep’, on behalf of 1600 dead cattle, sought an audience with the Minister of Agriculture Mr. Sharad Pawar.

Three ‘cows’ and three ‘sheep’

Image | June 13, 2006 at 3:30

Three ‘cows’ and three ‘sheep’, on behalf of 1600 dead cattle, sought an audience with the Minister of Agriculture Mr. Sharad Pawar.

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