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

 

A Greenpeace volunteer dressed in a costume

Image | October 8, 2009 at 3:30

A Greenpeace volunteer dressed in a costume depicting a Nestle product holds up messages from over 40,000 of Nestle's own customers in front of Nestle house, in Gurgaon. Greenpeace volunteers today delivered anti-GM messages on behalf of more...

A Greenpeace volunteer dressed in a costume

Image | October 8, 2009 at 3:30

A Greenpeace volunteer dressed in a costume depicting a Nestle product, holds a banner that say "Will Nestle always be GM free?" in Hindi and messages from over 40,000 of Nestle's own customers in front of Nestle house, in Gurgaon. Greenpeace...

Greenpeace volunteers dressed in costumes

Image | October 8, 2009 at 3:30

Greenpeace volunteers dressed in costumes depicting Nestle products, hold banners that say "Arrest Genetic Contamination" in front of Nestle house, in Gurgaon. Greenpeace volunteers today delivered anti-GM messages on behalf of more than 40,500...

‘It is time for us to move against the political system and save our planet’

Feature story | September 29, 2009 at 3:30

Climate, it seems, waits for no one. So it was with filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, who was a Greenpeace volunteer for two days when he flew from sea level to the Himalayas and back, warning world leaders on climate change all the while. From the...

Consumers are happy to return products if

Image | September 15, 2009 at 13:08

Consumers are happy to return products if Nestle does not commit to being GE free now and ever!

Greenpeace volunteers in front of the MTR

Image | September 11, 2009 at 14:48

Greenpeace volunteers in front of the MTR headquarter dressed as “traditional messengers”, unfurl a 6x4 ft cloth scroll that says, “Well Done MTR”. MTR is the only food company in India to have a comprehensive policy on GMOs. In an official...

Greenpeace volunteers in front of the MTR

Image | September 11, 2009 at 14:20

Greenpeace volunteers in front of the MTR headquarter dressed as “traditional messengers”, unfurl a 6x4 ft cloth scroll that says, “Well Done MTR”. MTR is the only food company in India to have a comprehensive policy on GMOs. In an official...

The Safe Food Guide release in Delhi has

Image | September 8, 2009 at 21:43

The Safe Food Guide release in Delhi has GM Market Campaigner, Jai Krishna, enumerating the harmful aspects of genetically modified food in the presence of Bejon Misra, Managing Trustee, Healthy You Foundation.

Jai Krishna

Image | September 8, 2009 at 21:23

Jai Krishna, GM Markets Campaigner hands over the Safe Food Guide to Bejon Misra, Managing Trustee, Healthy You Foundation. The ‘Safe Food Guide’ is a first of its kind in India, and ranks 16 well-known food brands according to the genetically...

GM in Indian foods: Greenpeace flags the good and the bad

Feature story | September 8, 2009 at 3:30

NEW DELHI, India — Eleven major food companies in India have been slotted in a ‘red list’, compiled by Greenpeace India, in the country’s first safe food guide on Genetically Modified ingredients.

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