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

 

Samsung cleans up

Feature story | June 17, 2004 at 3:30

Consumer power scored another victory recently with the announcement from electronics giant Samsung that it plans to phase out hazardous chemicals in its products. Seeing its brand-name products graded red - as containing hazardous chemicals - on...

Ge activists make themselves heard in Rome

Feature story | June 16, 2004 at 3:30

ROME, Italy — Attendees of the World Food Business Summit in Rome, Italy were 'welcomed' today by hundreds of audio messages from consumers in all 25 EU nations saying that they didn't want GE in their food.

Why Bunge is key to the GE campaign

Feature story | June 14, 2004 at 3:30

This spring our 'Biosafety Inspectors' and activists have been globally monitoring imports and exports of Genetically Engineered (GE) crops - soya in particular - following the introduction of the EU legislation on GE labelling and traceability.

Great Wall against GE

Feature story | June 14, 2004 at 3:30

BEIJING, China — Soya originated in China and has an agricultural history spanning over 5,000 years, but with the advent of genetically engineered (GE) soya all of this is now under serious threat. Through our GE campaign and our Great Cyber Wall...

Canadian Farmer loses case against Monsanto’s contamination of his crop: Decision...

Feature story | May 26, 2004 at 3:30

CANADA, Canada — In a 5-4 decision, the Canadian Supreme Court has held that Mr. Percy Schmeiser, a Canadian farmer whose crop was contaminated by Monsanto’s GE canola fields near his own farm, had violated Monsanto's patent by planting seed from...

Swaminathan panel recommendations on biotechnology flawed and dangerous

Feature story | May 6, 2004 at 3:30

BANGALORE, India — 6 May, 2004, Bangalore: Criticizing the sweeping recommendations of the ‘Task Force on Application of Biotechnology in Agriculture’, Greenpeace has stated that the report assumes that genetically engineered crops are the way...

The Recent Task Force Report on Application of Biotechnology in Agriculture portends...

Feature story | May 6, 2004 at 3:30

BANGALORE, India — Criticizing the sweeping recommendations of the ‘Task Force on Application of Biotechnology in Agriculture’, Greenpeace has stated that the report assumes that genetically engineered crops are the way forward for Indian...

Children at Peril

Feature story | March 17, 2004 at 4:30

AMRITSAR, India — Amritsar, March 17 2004: Greenpeace, along with its Punjab project partner Kheti Virasat, today released shocking findings from Punjab of its national level health study, Arrested Development, at a seminar on Environmental...

Vote for a Clean, Green India

Feature story | March 1, 2004 at 4:30

BANGALORE, India — As we head towards the 14th Lok Sabha elections and we challenge political contenders from various parties to show actual concern for their electorate and the environment that they live in. We also invite the people of India to...

If USA Knows, Why Don't We?

Feature story | February 25, 2004 at 4:30

NEW DELHI, India — Greenpeace stonewalled by DBT while India remains silent at Malaysia on protecting biodiversity. New Delhi/Kuala Lumpur, February 25, 2004: Even as Indian representatives maintained a stoic silence on the issue of protecting...

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