Thursday, November 8, 2012

Scientists Sound Off: Ban GMO Testing In India

Elizabeth Renter -
Activist Post

Scientists gathered in New Delhi to discuss the need for the Indian government to ban GMO trials in their country. The gathering was a media briefing organized by Aruna Rodrigues, “the lead petitioner in a public interest litigation” seeking the ban.

As we reported last month, the proposed ban, backed by a committee appointed by the India Supreme Court, would ban GMO field trials for 10 years, at the very minimum, postponing the damaging environmental and health hazards of the seeds and GMO foods.

India is (rightfully) concerned that the GMO field trials of Monsanto could lead to significant contamination of other farms in the country, contamination which could be the undoing of many otherwise-sustainable farms.

“What we really need is a shift in paradigm, where a holistic approach drives our interventions in agriculture without reductionist solutions hogging the center-stage and taking away precious resources,” said Professor Hans Herren, Co-Chair of the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science, and Technology for Development (IAASTD), and winner of the 1995 World Food Prize.

These top scientists gathered to mark their support for the measure that could offer just one more significant blow to the seed-giant.

Conventional crops aren’t only safer than GM crops; they are more productive. And any step closer to instituting GMO seeds in India or elsewhere is a step away from farm productivity and sustainable agriculture.

“Only two countries in the world, both in South America, grow GM on more than 40% of their agricultural land and both are suffering from an increased food insecurity,” pointed out Professor Jack Heinemann from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Canterbury. “Most of their poor neighbors that have not adopted GM have improving food security statistics.”

This isn’t the only problem—farmers who are forced to use the GM seeds pay higher prices and take greater risks. This is seen in the shocking suicide rates among farmers who have moved to GM crops, a frightening occurrence. In 2009, for instance, about one Indian farmer killed himself every 30 minutes.

With the risks of GM crops at undeniable levels, countries across the world are leading the way in stopping Monsanto in its tracks. One can only hope their fervor will continue to spread.

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Anonymous said...

Hey scientists!
Why don't you do some testing for me? Please?
Inject yourselves with some Drano, modified with some Windex, and put little monitors on yourselves for the research and conclusions...and Live Feed it to the Internet.
Thank You.

~Blessed Be to all~

Noor al Haqiqa said...

The world supports these men and women in their struggle to remove Monsanto from the Indian landscape.

But then, while we are at it, let's remove the buzztard company from everywhere.

Anonymous said...

If only the state of Hawaii would ban Monsanto's GMO testing on the island of Oahu.


It's all about depopulation and Gmo is their frankenmonster to do the job and now that they have built the monster they want to see it grow and destroy the population. it's as simple as that. Too much work has been put into this agenda to back out now and we already have been ingesting GMO"S without knowing it so get ready for more because it wont stop. Science is a joke when it is controlled by these psychopaths who have no respect for life on this planet.

Anonymous said...

If it is not broke, don't fix it! Plain and simple! Stupid to mess with anything just to earn a buck..

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