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

 

Support for food security

Image gallery | February 26, 2013

No to GM, yes to food security

Image | February 20, 2013 at 15:39

Greenpeace urges the Minister of Environment, Jayanthi Natarajan, who is the decision maker on the environmental release of GMOs to intervene so that the MoA does not mislead the debate of food security.

New Delhi

Image | April 20, 2010 at 16:42

New Delhi, April 20, 2010: volunteers demand a citizen's arrest of Minister Prithiviraj Chavan and withdrawal of the Biotech regulatory authority bill - BRAI 2009. The banner ,30 feet long was hung on the Anusandhan Bhawan office of the minister...

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...

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...

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...

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