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Greenpeace India Logo You can save your food from foreign corporations

Our government wants to help foreign corporations, like Monsanto, dump genetically modified (GM) seeds on our farmers and ultimately GM food on our plate. They want to create a Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI) which will approve GM crops, without even considering your opinion or mine.

Lakhs of people have been protesting against the bill that will create BRAI. They have succeeded in stalling it for three years, but the threat of the bill getting cleared still lingers.

You can make this effort to save our food a big success. Join hands with lakhs of people, who have saved our food so far, to prevent the creation of BRAI.

The BRAI bill was introduced, rather slyly, in the Budget session of Parliament in 2013. Right now, it’s being reviewed by a Standing Committee on Science, Technology, Environment and Forests. There are chances of it being presented again in the Monsoon session of Parliament in August. We can't let this happen.

This is our chance to make sure that our right to eat safe and healthy food is not taken away by foreign multinational seed corporations.

Join now if you want to have a say in the food you eat.

How the BRAI bill was stalled since 2008.

The BRAI bill is riddled with problems. Here are some of the glaring issues.

  • The current BRAI bill was drafted in a secretive fashion with no opportunity for the general public to comment on a legislation which deals with something of this magnitude- the safety of our food.
  • There is an inherent conflict of interest with the proposed BRAI being located within the Ministry of Science and Technology, a body who also has a mandate to promote GM crops.
  • In the BRAI bill there is not even a mention of independent long term bio-safety testing and assessments of GM crops which is crucial to assess their safety for the present and the future.
  • It is a centralised and narrow decision making process with no effective mechanism of consultation from the public which is against the spirit of democracy.
  • There is no mechanism of transparency. Worse, the BRAI bill will bypass the citizen’s right to information by overriding the Right to Information Act.
  • The BRAI bill takes away the decision making authority of the state governments in open releases of GM crops, including for experiments. It supersedes the constitutional authority of state governments over public health and agriculture.
  • There is no deterrent liability mechanism thereby facilitating the giant seed corporations to go more or less unpunished for the grave dangers that their GM crops can cause to us and our future generations.
  • BRAI by lowering the bar for GM crop approvals are facilitating the take over of our farming and food by multinational seed corporations like Monsanto, thus even challenging our country’s sovereignty.

Why we should not allow genetically modified crops in our country.

  • GM crops and associated chemicals like herbicides are controversial world-wide due to their harmful effects on human, animal and environmental health.
  • Our food and farming will be controlled by bio-tech multinationals and our farmer’s livelihoods will be adversely affected.
  • GM crops will destroy bio-diversity and can even impact beneficial insects like bees and butterflies besides contaminating the wild gene pool.
  • GM crops once permitted will contaminate regular varieties of crops as well, thereby leaving no choice for consumers if they want to avoid GM food, or farmers if they want to avoid GM seeds.
  • Passing of alien genes from GM crops to other species through contamination is a very real and serious threat.
  • Corporate control of seeds through GM seed technology is an established reality. In the 10 years since Bt cotton was approved in India, Monsanto, through its patented Bt gene controls 95% of cotton seeds sold.
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