The struggle to keep our crops. farmlands and food safe and protected from Genetic Engineering is going through a very decisive phase. Last year you may all remember that we wrote and sent letters signed by all to the Central Government – PM, Agriculture Minister and the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee demanding that Bt-Brinjal not be released. The State of Kerala has also officially demanded that kerala should be kept GM Free. A few States like Tamilnadu, Orissa and West bengal are also seriously discussing the issue at the Government level.
To highlight the issue and to demand that Genetic Engineering be stopped in agriculture in India, hundreds of organisations across the country are meeting at New Delhi on 6th May 2008. Thousands of farmers, actvists, consumer organisation members, scientists are expected to come together at Jantar Mantar.
Signatures from all over thr country has been collected in banners to be displayed in New Delhi, and many MPs and other political leaders have declared their solidarity.
From Kerala, 14 people including farmers from Palakkad and Wyanad, consumer activsists from Trivandrum and civil society members from Trivandrum, Chengannur and Palai are participating as a support to this One-day dharna.
A programme flyer is pasted below
If any of you are in New Delhi on May 6th, please do visit us at the Jantar Mantar and join the protest. If not, please send the mail to as many friends in Delhi and ask them to come and lend their support.
Please Call for details Ph : 09995358205
with warm regards
Are you aware of the dangers of GM Crops & Foods?
Did you know that Genetically Modified crops cannot be recalled, if they are released into the environment? It is an irreversible process since we are talking about living organisms, modified at a fundamental level. That is the reason why it is important for all of us to understand about GM crops and their implications.
GM crops are created by inserting a foreign gene into a plant – these genes are often brought from non-plant sources, with proven hazardous implications! Further, the process of genetic engineering itself causes several changes inside an organism’s DNA, [DNA, as you know, is often referred to as the ‘building blocks of life’]. The resultant implications are in the form of adverse health or environmental impacts.
Studies with GM foods have found various adverse health results like stunted growth, impaired immune systems, bleeding stomachs, misshapen cell structures in different organs, liver and kidney lesions, reduced digestive enzymes, inflamed lung tissue, higher offspring mortality etc. Further, there are many environmental hazards like increased incidence of pests and diseases, pest and weed resistance, impacts on beneficial organisms, increased use of chemicals in farming, potential impacts on soil and changes in associated eco-systems. Many of these potential hazards have already manifested themselves in the past six years of Bt Cotton cultivation in India, the only GM crop allowed so far. There are also ethical implications with the entry of GM crops – if you are a vegetarian and in your food, genes from an animal have been inserted, would you continue to be a vegetarian?
GM crops have been rejected by a whopping majority of nations around the world and by individual communities. Why are we in India allowing ourselves to become the scapegoats in this experimentation by MNC science in search of more and more markets? In the name of GE technology, it is companies like Monsanto which are making huge profits, in millions of rupees, at the expense of poor Indian farmers.
In India, we are standing on the verge of the first food crop from being allowed into the country on a commercial basis – Bt Brinjal. It is up to you to decide whether you will allow this GM food crop pushed by American interests onto your plate or not. If not, this is the time to ACT.
DON’T ALLOW ANY MORE GM CROPS/FOODS INTO THE COUNTRY.
ASK YOUR ELECTED LEADERS WHAT THEIR STAND IS. ASK DIFFERENT PARTIES’ CANDIDATES WHAT THEIR STAND IS AND CHOOSE YOUR VOTE CAREFULLY.
DECIDE TODAY THAT YOU WILL REMAIN GM-FREE. SPREAD THE MESSAGE TO YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND ENSURE THAT THEY REMAIN GM-FREE TOO.
JOIN US IN A DAY-LONG ANTI-GM PROTEST
AT JANTAR MANTAR IN DELHI ON MAY 6TH 2008
SAY NO TO GM CROPS & FOODS.