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

 

BT Brinjal opinion poll

Publication | April 16, 2010 at 18:28

BT Brinjal opinion poll

City wise poll results

Publication | April 16, 2010 at 18:07

City wise GE poll results

Public opinion survey on GE foods

Publication | April 15, 2010 at 19:39

Public opinion survey on GE foods

Shri SK Gautam

Image | October 26, 2009 at 16:17

Shri SK Gautam, Secretary, Department of Food Security and Agriculture Development inaugurating the consultation. The Government of Sikkim, farmers and other stakeholders of Agriculture in the State came together today to urge the Union...

Shri SK Gautam

Image | October 26, 2009 at 16:17

Shri SK Gautam, Secretary, Department of Food Security and Agriculture Development inaugurating the consultation. The Government of Sikkim, farmers and other stakeholders of Agriculture in the State came together today to urge the Union...

Shri SK Gautam

Image | October 26, 2009 at 16:17

Shri SK Gautam, Secretary, Department of Food Security and Agriculture Development inaugurating the consultation. The Government of Sikkim, farmers and other stakeholders of Agriculture in the State came together today to urge the Union...

Greenpeace staff member wins alternative Nobel Prize

Feature story | October 13, 2009 at 23:24

KINSHASA, Congo, The Democratic Republic of The — We are thrilled to announce that one of our staff members, René Ngongo, has today been named a recipient of the 2009 Right Livelihood award.

Day out with Nestlé

Feature story | October 10, 2009 at 11:45

On October 8, 2009, Today, Greenpeace activists and consumers gathered at Nestlé House at Gurgaon, Haryana, India asking an unresponsive Nestlé what they have to say to 28,000 odd Indian consumers who have written in asking if Nestlé will...

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...

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...

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