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

 

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...

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...

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.

When the thermostat goes haywire

Feature story | August 28, 2009 at 3:30

Greenpeace volunteers protest against Bayer

Image | July 24, 2009 at 17:14

Greenpeace volunteers protest against Bayer Bio Science with Placards saying 'Arrest Me Too' in front of Company's office in Tolichowki, Hyderabad on July 24, Hyderabad for filing lawsuit against GM rice protesters.

Greenpeace volunteers protest against Bayer

Image | July 24, 2009 at 17:14

Greenpeace volunteers protest against Bayer Bio Science with Placards saying 'Arrest Me Too' in front of Company's office in Tolichowki, Hyderabad on July 24, Hyderabad for filing lawsuit against GM rice protesters.

Greenpeace volunteers protest against Bayer

Image | July 24, 2009 at 17:14

Greenpeace volunteers protest against Bayer Bio Science with Placards saying 'Arrest Me Too' in front of Company's office in Tolichowki, Hyderabad on July 24, Hyderabad for filing lawsuit against GM rice protesters.

Mumbai kids to Hillary “SOS - Stop Climate Change”

Feature story | July 18, 2009 at 3:30

MUMBAI, India — Children from the Bal Jivan Trust, who were visiting the Greenpeace Climate Rescue Station on Carter Road today, had a message for Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, United States of America, asking that the world’s biggest...

Climate Change = Water Crisis

Feature story | July 17, 2009 at 3:30

DELHI, India — 25 Greenpeace activists queued up outside the Reserve Bank of India to deposit 100’s of pots of water for safe keeping to highlight the issue of the growing water crisis fuelled by climate change. The activists unfurled a banner...

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