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

 

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.

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.

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.

Memorandum to the Agriculture Minister submitted by Greenpeace.

Publication | June 13, 2006 at 3:30

Memorandum to the Agriculture Minister submitted by Greenpeace on 13th June 2006

Your food is at RISK!

Feature story | June 13, 2006 at 3:30

DELHI, India — Call the minister! Ask for a ban on GM crops! The spot light is on the humble brinjal, but for all for the wrong reasons. The future of all our food is in danger, and it starts with the brinjal. Genetically Modified brinjal a.k...

Letter to GEAC on the Irregularities in Field Trials and Other Issues Related to GM...

Publication | February 28, 2006 at 4:30

The text of a letter sent to the GEAC (Genetic Engineering Approval Committe) by the Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (a body consisting of 20 civil society organizations including Greenpeace) on the irregularities in field trials and other...

Field Trials of GM Crops in India: Illegal and Unscientific

Publication | January 12, 2006 at 4:30

Greenpeace sting exposes pirate loggers

Feature story | January 5, 2006 at 16:25

How do you get a shipment of illegal logs out of the Amazon and to market in São Paolo? A team of Greenpeace activists risked their lives to go undercover to show -- for the first time -- exactly how it's done.

2005 Rewound

Feature story | January 5, 2006 at 4:30

A look back over the last twelve months, starring jaguar suited activists, corporate skulduggery and heroics in unequal measures, politicians' finding/losing the plot and even an embassy for whales.

Genetic contamination is here. Oh, and we have its postal address.

Feature story | November 29, 2005 at 4:30

BANGALORE, India — So, you thought genetic engineering is just something they carry out in a petri-dish under a microscope behind closed lab doors, right? Or it’s something that happens between humans and flies in shock-horror Hollywood flicks,...

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