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

 

No need for condoms – GE corn can do the job

Feature story | January 12, 2009 at 4:30

New research from Austria shows that a commercial strain of Monsanto-made GE corn causes mice to have fewer and weaker babies. What is this doing to human fertility?

Greenpeacers with the message

Image | December 22, 2008 at 16:23

Greenpeacers with the message - Dr.Anbumani Ramadoss, Bt.Brinjal can destroy our country and lives!- as part of the anti GM campaign in Kanchipuram

BT Brinjal is on the list of crops for approval

Image | November 14, 2008 at 11:10

BT Brinjal is on the list of crops for approval by the GEAC.

GM Hotspots India Map

Image | October 16, 2008 at 10:55

GM Hotspots India Map

GM Food Hotspots

Publication | October 14, 2008 at 20:01

Fuel efficiency law need of the hour, says Greenpeace

Feature story | July 8, 2008 at 3:30

NEW DELHI, India — Greenpeace today launched a nationwide "Let's Drive Change" consumer campaign to support the Bureau of Energy Efficiency in creating strong mandatory fuel efficiency norms for the car industry in India. To highlight the climate...

Greenpeace activists sell mock genetically

Image | April 22, 2008 at 3:30

Greenpeace activists sell mock genetically engineered vegetables wearing masks of Minister of science and technology, Kapil Sibal in front of the ministry of science and technology. This was to demonstrate against the alleged nexus between...

A farmer sits in front of the BT brinjal

Image | February 27, 2008 at 8:46

A farmer sits in front of the BT brinjal field trial spot at the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University campus as farmers, consumers and environmentalists protest against the genetic engineering field trial of BT brinjal being conducted by the...

Farmers

Image | February 27, 2008 at 8:44

Farmers, consumers and environmental activists protest against an open-air field trial of BT brinjal being conducted by the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University

GE AXN YouTube video screengrab

Image | February 1, 2008 at 4:30

GE AXN YouTube video screengrab

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