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“STOP ALL FIELD TRIALS OF GMOs IMMEDIATELY”: CIVIL SOCIETY

Press Release “STOP ALL FIELD TRIALS OF GMOs IMMEDIATELY”: CIVIL SOCIETY New Delhi, May 11, 2011: Representatives of five organizations and networks made a strong presentation to the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) in its 109th meeting here today demanding that all field trials of GMOs in the country be suspended immediately, given the intrinsic uncontrollable nature of GM technology in addition to the amply-demonstrated incapability of our regulatory system to address issues of biosafety and beyond when it comes to GMOs. Sridhar Radhakrishnan, Convenor, Coalition for a GM-Free India; Dr Ramanjaneyulu, Executive Director of Centre for Sustainable Agriculture; Aruna Rodrigues, SC PIL lead petitioner; Rajesh Krishnan, Manager, Sustainable Agriculture […]

Indian scientists: missing in action, Sunita Narain

Sunita Narain / New Delhi March 14, 2011, 0:57 IST http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/sunita-narain-indian-scientists-missing-in-action/428350/ I suspect Indian scientists have retired hurt to the pavilion. They were exposed to some nasty public scrutiny on a deal made by a premier science research establishment, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), with Devas, a private company, on the allocation of spectrum. The public verdict was that the arrangement was a scandal; public resources had been given away for a song. The government, already scam-bruised, hastily scrapped the contract. Since then there has been dead silence among the powerful scientific leaders of the country, with one exception. Kiran Karnik, a former employee of ISRO and board member of Devas, […]

THE GM CROPS DEBATE By Dr.S.G.Vombatkere**

In response to the below sited article, Dr. SG Vombatkere wrote a wonderfully argued and articulated article, please read on: GM crops debate: consensual versus adversarial approaches by D. BALASUBRAMANIAN Source: http://www.hindu.com/seta/2011/03/10/stories/2011031052301700.htm Dr.J.Gowrishankar, Director, Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad (“JG” hereinafter) has raised an issue regarding the debates and disputes around genetically modified (GM) crops and foods. [“GM crops debate: consensual versus adversarial approaches”; The Hindu, March 10, 2011; Science and Technology, page 17]. He has attempted to justify the “consensual” approach of scientists to the issue as being the only civilized one, and decry the alternate “adversarial” approach of activists. In doing so, he appears to assume that scientists are all […]

The Bt. Brinjal goes politicking

http://www.india-seminar.com/semframe.html The Bt. Brinjal goes politicking MORATORIUMS are a kind of stop-time one needs to get used to. They reflect a decision to accept the liminal, to state that truth is difficult to decide. One then isolates the issues discussed and creates a middle world, a betwixt and between, where the subject waits for acceptance or rejection. Moratoriums freeze the rituals of acceptance halfway, preventing a catharsis for any side. The waiting period is not a period of inertia. It becomes a period of intense agitation, a Brownian movement where ideas collide in happy anarchy. Waiting is not an easy prelude in life or politics. But waiting, like prison life, […]

Games the Centre plays

http://www.downtoearth.org.in/node/1736 States used Essential Commodities Act to lower the price of Bt cotton And states fight back For the past five years, the Centre and the states have been fighting a battle over seed pricing with Delhi frequently changing the rules to outsmart state governments that had decided to clamp down on predatory pricing. Although agriculture is a state subject, the power to fix prices had remained with the Centre—until the states decided to take matters into their own hands. They passed enabling legislation that allowed them to regulate prices as and when required. Andhra Pradesh has been most tenacious in safeguarding its farmers from what it terms the exploitative […]

India up for sale to MNCs

Pushpa M Bhargava First Published : 15 Mar 2010 12:14:00 AM IST The recent historic moratorium on Bt brinjal by Jairam Ramesh, minister of environment and forests, has created a network of citizens’ organisations around the country that have risen spontaneously from the ground, and have prevented the country’s agriculture becoming devoid of its diversity and moving in the direction of control by multinational corporations (MNCs). These corporations have strong links with the government of the United States of America US, and their sole objectives are (a) to make as much money as possible by any means, and (b) to eventually have total control over Indian agriculture, using every ruse […]

Sweeping powers, glaring omissions The biotech regulatory Bill gags dissent and takes away the power of states without providing any safeguards to farmers and consumers

 Latha Jishnu / New Delhi March 11, 2010, 0:42  http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/latha-jishnu-sweeping-powers-glaring-omissions/388151/  Shortcuts always lead to problems, and nowhere is this more evident than in the biotechnology sector. Research in genetically modified organisms (GMOs) crops was permitted, both in the public and private sectors, even before a clear policy was in place and before any guidelines had been formulated on the priority areas for Indian agriculture. Nor was any socio-economic survey, vital for understanding the implications of introducing such high-tech crops, ever conducted before releasing the first GM crop, the Bt cotton. And the regulatory system, manned mostly by bureaucrats till recently, was clearly not up to the task of tackling the […]

రైతుపై నిర్లక్ష్యం దేశద్రోహం

రైతుకు కష్టం వస్తే ఆయన మరుక్షణం అక్కడ ప్రత్యక్షం అవుతారు. రైతు సంతోషంలోనే దేశ ప్రగతి ఉందని బలంగా నమ్ముతారాయన. అందుకోసం ఐ.ఆర్.ఎస్.సెలక్షన్‌ను వదులుకున్నారు. లక్ష జీతం వచ్చే సైంటిస్ట్ ఉద్యోగాన్ని గడ్డిపోచకింద తీసిపారేశారు. జన్యు మార్పిడి పంటలు, బిటి వంకాయలపై సాగిన పోరాటాన్ని ఆయన ముందుండి నడిపించారు. ఎరువులు, క్రిమి సంహారకాలు లేకుండా, సేంద్రీయ పద్ధతుల్లో పంటలు పండించే ఉద్యమాన్ని చేపట్టి దేశంలోనే మన రాష్ట్రాన్ని అదర్శంగా నిలిపారు. దేశంలో అపారంగా ఉన్న వనరులను చేజేతులా దుర్వినియోగం చేసుకుంటున్నాం.. అంతకు మించిన దేశద్రోహం లేదంటారు డాక్టర్ జి.వి. రామాంజనేయులు. రైతులకు అండగా ఉంటూ, వాళ్లను పీడించే వర్గాలకు కంటిమీద కునుకులేకుండా చేసే ఆయన అంతరంగం ఇది. ఢిల్లీోని వ్యవసాయ పరిశోధనా సంస్థలో డాక్టరేట్ చేస్తున్న రోజులవి. ఐ.ఏ.ఎస్. చదివి దేశానికి సేవ చేయాలనుకున్నాను. అందుకు ప్రిపేర్ అవుతూ భారత ఆర్థిక రంగాన్ని అధ్యయనం చేశాను. ప్రపంచంలో మరే దేశంలో లేని అపారమైన సహజ వనరులు, మానవ వనరులు మనకున్నాయి. అయినా మనం ఎందుకు వెనకబడి […]

UPA neglects Agriculture the most

Submitted by editor on Sat, 10/25/2008 – 18:27 Rajnath SinghIndia today is on the brink of a protracted recession. Almost every economic indicator in the country is putting immense pressure on all economic activities in the country and painting a gloomy picture of our economy. Inflation is in high double digits, GDP growth rate is faltering, Industrial growth rate has touched a record low of 1.3 percent and the growth of our agriculture sector has turned bad to worse. Declining capital formation and steep reduction in public investment in agriculture sector during the UPA rule has led to a complete stagnation of Agricultural growth in India. In other words the […]

Food First Policies needed to tackle hunger in India

Shiva: Food-First Policies Needed to Tackle Hunger in India Shiva blames the increase in hunger on the use of genetically engineered seeds Dramatic price increases have left nearly a billion people hungry worldwide. As World Poverty Day draws attention to the issue, DW’s Dennis Stute speaks with activist Vandana Shiva about India’s huge hunger levels. Dr. Vandana Shiva is a physicist, ecologist, activist and author. In India she has established Navdanya, a movement for biodiversity conservation and farmers’ rights. She also directs the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy. The UN has declared Oct. 17 as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. DW-WORLD.DE: How has […]

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