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GM crops are no way forward

Satyarat Chaturvedi http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/article3812825.ece?css=print Food security is not about production alone; it is also about bio-safety, and access to food for the poorest We are predominantly an agricultural economy, with the agricultural sector providing employment and subsistence to almost 70 per cent of the workforce. There have been some remarkable contributions from the agriculture sector to food grain production in the last six decades, when from a meagre 50 million tonnes in the 1950s, the country has been able to produce a record 241 million tonnes in 2010-2011. Despite these achievements, the condition of the farming community is pitiable considering that 70 per cent of our farmers are small and marginal, […]

Parliamentary Standing Committee Report on GM crops: Summary

Download Parliamentary Standing Commitee report summary Parliamentary Standing Committee Report on GM crops-full report    

Monsanto in India: A success coexisting with controversies

While controversy has dogged it, the transnational agritech group has been beavering away with some success to grow here http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/monsanto-in-indiasuccess-coexistingcontroversies/483040/ The Monsanto story in India, much like elsewhere in the world, has been one of success coexisting with controversies. Be it the question on seed quality or general opposition to biotechnology, seldom has Monsanto been out of the news anywhere across the globe. India has been no exception. Having started operations way back in 1949 by selling herbicides, Monsanto in India has now grown into an organisation employing a little over 800 people. From a Rs 250-crore company a decade earlier, it has grown into a Rs 1,000-crore one. It […]

Deposition before Supreme Court Committee on Concerns over GM Crops

120714 SC Committee Deposition Download the submission Concerns on gm crops View more presentations from Ramanjaneyulu GV.

Bt crops are everyone’s concern: Justice Sujata Manohar

http://www.tehelka.com/story_main53.asp?filename=Fw230612concern.asp Justice Sujata Manohar on how the Biotechnology Bill is fundamentally flawed

High and Dry: Why Genetic Engineering Is Not Solving Agriculture’s Drought Problem in a Thirsty World (2012)

http://www.ucsusa.org/food_and_agriculture/science_and_impacts/science/high-and-dry.html DOWNLOAD: High and Dry: Full Report | High and Dry: Executive Summary High and Dry is the third in a series of reports highlighting genetic engineering’s limitations and demonstrating the importance of increasing public investment in more effective—but often neglected—agricultural technologies. The first two reports in the series are Failure to Yield and No Sure Fix. Droughts can be devastating to farmers and to the people who depend on the food those farmers produce. The historic Texas drought of 2011 caused a record $5.2 billion in agricultural losses, making it the most costly drought on record. While extreme droughts capture the most attention, mild and moderate droughts are more common and collectively cause extensive damage. Climate […]

Can Economy prevail over Ecology?

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/opinion/columns/ashoak-upadhyay/article3324671.ece April 17, 2012: There are times when the government needlessly brings upon itself the embarrassment of a reminder from one of its own agencies, of a responsibility it has forgotten or ignored. Set against its context, that reminder constitutes censure of neglect and, indirectly but no less potently, of an opportunity lost to retain the moral ground that has been rapidly slipping from under its feet. Recently, a media report stated that in response to an appeal by a resident of Kerala, the Chief Information Commissioner, Mr Shailesh Gandhi, has directed the Ministry of Environment and Forestry to make public the report on the Western Ghats submitted last August, […]

జన్యుమార్పిడి పంటలు … సామాజక కోణం…

విజ్ఞాన వీచిక డెస్క్   Tue, 27 Mar 2012, IST కంపెనీ, ప్రభుత్వ సమాచారం ప్రకారం బిటి పత్తి సాంకేతికం ఇటీవల ఫలవంతమైన సాంకేతికాల్లో ఒకటి. కాయ తొలుచు పురుగు నివారణకు ఏ మందులూ వాడాల్సిన పనిలేదని, అధిక దిగుబడి వస్తుందనే లక్ష్యంతో దీని సేద్యానికి 2002, మార్చి 26న అనుమతివ్వబడింది. దీంతో బిటి సాంకేతికానికి దశాబ్దకాల అనుభవం. అయినా, 2004-05 నాటికి పత్తిలో దీని విస్తీర్ణం 5.6 శాతం మాత్రమే. ఆ తర్వాత ఇది వేగంగా విస్తరించి, 2011-12 నాటికి 90 శాతానికి చేరింది. కానీ, ఇదే జన్యువులు కలిగిన బిటి వంగ సేద్యానికి ప్రజల్లో పెద్దఎత్తున వ్యతిరేకత వ్యక్తమైంది. ఫలితంగా ఇది సురక్షితమని తేలేంతవరకూ అనుమతి నిరవధికంగా వాయిదాపడింది. దీంతో దాదాపు 20కి పైగా ఇతర ఆహార పంటల్లో ఈ సాంకేతికంతో రూపొందించిన కొత్తరకాల విడుదలకు అన్నీ సిద్ధమై ఆగిపోయాయి. కంపెనీ, ప్రభుత్వం చెప్తున్నట్లుగా బిటి పత్తి సఫలమైతే, అదే జన్యువుల్ని కలిగిన బిటి వంగ పట్ల ప్రజల్లో ఇంత వ్యతిరేకత ఎందుకు వచ్చిందనేది […]

Manmohan blaming NGOs for Bt brinjal moratorium criticised

Special Correspondent Share  ·   Comment   ·   print   ·   T+ The Hindu Related TOPICS politics government national politics parties and movements economy, business and finance The Coalition for a GM-Free India has expressed “outrage” at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s statement that foreign-funded NGOs were the reason for the moratorium on Bt brinjal. “It is a clear attempt to undermine and disrespect the exercise of democratic rights by the citizens of this country regarding critical issues that concern one and all,” Sridhar Radhakrishnan, convenor of the coalition has said. In a statement, Mr. Radhakrishnan said the issue was not one of NGOs or foreign funding; that was merely a ruse that the Prime Minister had seized upon to cover […]

300,000 Organic Farmers Sue Monsanto in Federal Court: Decision on March 31st

 Published: Sunday 12 February 2012 “Willie Nelson calls for Occupy the Food System” Lit­tle did Willie Nel­son know when he recorded “Crazy” years ago just how crazy it would be­come for our cher­ished fam­ily farm­ers in Amer­ica.   Nel­son, Pres­i­dent of Farm Aid, has re­cently called for the na­tional Oc­cupy move­ment to de­clare an “Oc­cupy  the Food Sys­tem” ac­tion. http://www.nationofchange.org/300000-organic-farmers-sue-monsanto-federal-court-decision-march-31st-go-trial-1329059467 Nel­son states, “Cor­po­rate con­trol of our food sys­tem has led to the loss of mil­lions of fam­ily farm­ers, de­struc­tion of our soil…” Hun­dreds of cit­i­zens, (even in­clud­ing NYC chefs in their white chef hats) joined Oc­cupy the Food Sys­tem groups, ie Food Democ­racy Now, gath­ered out­side the Fed­eral Courts in Man­hat­tan […]

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