Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Is The Nation of India Rearing To Kick Monsanto Out?

Sayer Ji, Contributor
Activist Post

A report from the August 17 edition of the American Association for the Advance of Science's journal Science titled, "Negative Report on GM Crops Shakes Government's Food Agenda," revealed that an Indian high-profile parliamentary panel, only a week before, recommended that GM crop "field trails under any garb should be discontinued forthwith," and that further GM agricultural research should "only be done under strict containment."[i]

Moreover, in a press conference after the report's release, the panel's chair, Basudeb Acharia, said in no uncertain terms: "India should not go in for GM food crops."

According to the Science article's author, Pallava Bagla, the panel's recommendation is being regarded by some "as the death knell of the development of genetically modified food crops in India." Dissenting interests, such as India's chief of crop research, Swapan Dutta, a rice geneticist and deputy director at the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, responded to the report by suggesting that if implemented, the panel's recommendations would paralyze research and threaten India's food security, and "hope for GM research in India is lost."

The Indian government has been sending mixed signals about its commitment to agricultural GM technology. For instance, in 2002 the government approved Bt-toxin carrying cotton as the first GM commercial crop in India. Today, there are over 1100 Bt varieties of GM cotton, accounting for 93% of all the cotton sown in India. The prime minister of India himself, Manmohan Singh, voiced his support for GM crops in a recent interview with Science (24 Feb, p. 907), stating: "In due course of time," he said "we must make use of genetic engineering technologies to increase the productivity of our agriculture."

But, as the Science article points out, Singh's own ministers are not toeing the party line. For instance, in 2010, former environment minister Jairam Ramesh imposed a moratorium on the commercialization of Bt brinjal, a traditional Indian eggplant, even after the ministry's scientific advisory panel had given the GM variety approval.

Moreover, GM crop researchers in India were already having problems since 2011, because state governments refused to issue certificates that allow GM crop field trials to commence. Also, in the June issue of Science, environmental minister Jayanthi Natarajan was quoted as saying: "genetically modified foods have no place in ensuring India's food security."

While the primary justification within Indian government for supporting GM agriculture is based on the fact that it has increased production of economically important products such as cotton, which skyrocketed from .02 million hectares in 2002 to 9.33 million hectares in 2011, the latest panel's decision was influenced by the fact that all Bt cotton grown commercially in India is derived from technology sold by the multinational food giant Monsanto, who by owning and controlling the seeds has seriously compromised India's food sovereignty and security.

It has been estimated that 70% of India's 1.2 billion people are farmers who have no alternative but to buy Bt cotton seed from Monsanto. Also, Monsanto relationship to India farmers is already tenuous considering it was accused of biopiracy earlier this year by India's National Biodiversity Authority.[ii] The panel also stated "there is a connection between Bt cotton and farmer's suicides," as thousands of indebted farmers in India's cotton producing regions have committed suicide in a desperate attempt to rid themselves and their families of debt.

The next step is for government ministries to digest the panel's report and to decide if the report's recommendations, which carry political weight but are not mandatory, will be implemented. The Science article concluded:
If the government doesn't make a forceful case for GM crops, Bhan says, there may be no alternative but to 'stop all use of GM crop technology till it has been totally made in India.' And if Monsanto becomes 'a nuisance,' he added, 'it can be kicked out.' [emphasis added]
[i] Pallava Bagla. India. Negative report on GM crops shakes government's food agenda. Science. 2012 Aug 17 ;337(6096):789. PMID: 22903990

[ii] Lucas Laursen . Monsanto to face biopiracy charges in India. Nat Biotechnol. 2012 ;30(1):11. Epub 2012 Jan 9. PMID: 22231080

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james ha said...

maybe india should appoint a monsanto big-wig to control their version of the FDA.
that's what the corrupt american govt did.

Patrick Jordan said...

This is no different than Mo of the Three Stooges threatening Curly: Why I oughtta rip out your esophagus!

Grandmaster George Dillman teaches that you can impinge on a nerve but after it is depolarized it becomes numb and there is no more pain that you can enter into that point. If you alternate impingement and release on a nerve you can send horrific pain all day long to the same point and the opponent cannot function.

This is like that.

They posture and they promise, but until they rip the crops out of the ground like Hungary then it is just talk. The biosphere is already polluted with the abominations of so many GMO monsters that you cannot imagine what is already out there cross-pollinated with things that you daily consume. The Genii is out of the prison. They work you up that they 'might' do something about Mount Satan 'in the future' but nothing gets done in the Zen of the Now. India is the home of the Apiru who might be getting a clue that the Illuminati wrote of them as Lesser Brethren in the Protocols; so they are so much fodder for the endgame that they are not part of. Only when it becomes personal do people become involved; otherwise, it is status quo. The whole game here is to get expectations up of the people who want to see an end to terraforming bioengineering only to let them down because these creatures eat suffering and despair. The only way you can gauge pain is via pleasure so if folks get all stoked that there 'might' be a 'victory' in India only to have their hopes dashed then the monsters will eat that as fuel just like in the documentary: Monsters, Inc. That is how life is here in Hell.

Anonymous said...

Let us hope the world brings Monsanto and its Rothschild owners down.


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