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Prevent GMO contamination, blacklist erring company, and please take action against monitoring officials and regulators for inaction

6th February 2012 To Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry of Environment and Forests. Respected Madam, Re: Prevent GMO contamination, blacklist erring company, and please take action against monitoring officials and regulators for inaction – reg. I am sure you are aware that it has been confirmed officially that Monsanto has violated GM field trial norms during the field trial of its GM maize in Karnataka. In the recent past this is the third instance of field trial violation which has come to light by Monsanto and its affiliates. Such repeated violations by a company and its affiliates need to be treated very seriously and immediate action taken […]

India’s NAAS Endorses GM Tech for Accelerated and Sustained Crop Production

Summary posted by Meridian on 1/30/2012 Source: Crop Biotech Update Author(s): n/a A new policy paper from India’s National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS) puts forward recommendations and an action plan for the safe, inclusive and judicious harnessing of genetic modification (GM) technologies to promote accelerated and sustained crop production. According to this article, the NAAS paper critically examines current biosafety issues within India, and prospects for benefiting from GM technology. The paper concludes that GM technology is a powerful tool for developing future crop varieties with in-built resistance to various biotic and abiotic stresses, enhanced input use efficiency, increased yields, and quality traits. GM crops are crucial for India’s […]

Leaked documents reveal US diplomats actually work for Monsanto

http://www.naturalnews.com/034620_Monsanto_diplomats_GMOs.html Biotech giant Monsanto has been genetically modifying the world’s food supply and subsequently breeding environmental devastation for years, but leaked documents now reveal that Monsanto has also deeply infiltrated the United States government. With leaked reports revealing how U.S. diplomats are actually working for Monsanto to push their agenda along with other key government officials, Monsanto’s grasp on international politics has never been clearer. Amazingly, the information reveals that the massive corporation is also intensely involved in the passing and regulations concerning the very GM ingredients they are responsible for. In fact, the information released by WikiLeaks reveals just how much power Monsanto has thanks to key positions within […]

WikiLeaks: US targets EU over GM crops

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jan/03/wikileaks-us-eu-gm-crops#history-link-box US embassy cable recommends drawing up list of countries for ‘retaliation’ over opposition to genetic modification John Vidal, environment editor guardian.co.uk, Monday 3 January 2011 13.44 GMT The US embassy in Paris wanted to penalise the EU after France moved to ban a Monsanto GM corn variety. Photograph: Sipa Press/Rex Features The US embassy in Paris advised Washington to start a military-style trade war against any Euroxpean Union country which opposed genetically modified (GM) crops, newly released WikiLeaks cables show. In response to moves by France to ban a Monsanto GM corn variety in late 2007, the ambassador, Craig Stapleton, a friend and business partner of former US president George Bush, […]

Monsanto spent $2 million lobbying US gov’t in 3Q

http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9RL51J81.htm WASHINGTON Monsanto Co. spent $2 million in the third quarter to lobby the federal government on issues including regulations for genetically engineered crops and patent reforms, according to a recent disclosure report. That’s slightly more than the $1.9 million Monsanto spent a year earlier and up almost 18 percent from the $1.7 million it spent during previous quarter. The world’s largest seed company lobbied Congress and the U.S. Department of Agriculture over regulations that would affect the distribution of genetically engineered crops like the company’s Roundup Ready sugar beets and alfalfa, according to the disclosure the company filed Oct. 18 with the House clerk’s office. The company also lobbied […]

Compromising Agriculture GM crops by backdoor

Deccan Herald, September 16, 2011 By Basudev Acharya Apart from issues related to seed monopoly and rural livelihood, there are serious biosafety concerns the world over. Across the world, there is huge controversy around the introduction of genetically modified/engineered (GM/GE) crops. On one hand there are a few biotech crop developers and scientists recommending the use of GM technology as solution for food security and on other there are concerns about its impact on human health, environment and socioeconomy. Added to that is the unpredictability and irreversibility of genetic engineering and the uncontrollability of GM crops once let out in the environment. One of the major concerns about GM crops […]

Compromising Agriculture: GM crops by backdoor

By Basudev Acharya Apart from issues related to seed monopoly and rural livelihood, there are serious biosafety concerns the world over. Across the world, there is huge controversy around the introduction of genetically modified/engineered (GM/GE) crops. On one hand there are a few biotech crop developers and scientists recommending the use of GM technology as solution for food security and on other there are concerns about its impact on human health, environment and socioeconomy. Added to that is the unpredictability and irreversibility of genetic engineering and the uncontrollability of GM crops once let out in the environment. One of the major concerns about GM crops is that they only serve […]

ICAR seeks Rs 5,000 cr for transgenic seeds R&D in pulses

K V Kurmanath Hyderabad, Aug. 5: The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has sought funds to the tune of Rs 5,000 crore for research and development of transgenic seeds in pulses. “Transgenic material is very important to take on pod borer that results in losses up to 30 per cent of all pulses produced in the country. Developing hybrid to face this problem would go a long way in achieving self-sufficiency in pulses,” Prof. Swpan K Datta, Deputy Director General (Crop Sciences) of ICAR, told Business Line. He said it might take 3-5 years to come out with a solution to address this problem in pulses. “Though there has […]

Glyphosate based herbicides cause’s birth defects and cancer: Greenpeace Science report

Herbicide tolerance and GM crops download the report PRESS RELEASE – Promotion of Herbicide tolerant GM crops can lead to increased use of these herbicides in India. New Delhi, India – August 4, 2011: A new report launched by Greenpeace, a global environmental organization, states that use of glyphosate based herbicides can pose risk to human health as well as environment(1).  Introduction of herbicide tolerant GM crops which are under field trial stage in India can lead to widespread and intensive usage of these herbicides. The report was launched by Sri. Basudeb Acharia, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing committee on Agriculture, here today. The report, ‘Herbicide Tolerance and GM crops-Why the world […]

State nod for GM crop trial hits research, says Biotech body

Sandip Das Posted online: 2011-07-28 02:15:28+05:30 New DelhiWith the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) making it mandatory for the agri bio-tech companies to get no-objection certificate (NOC) from the states prior to the launch of any trial of GM crops has been termed as ‘regressive’ by a consortium Association of Bio-tech Led Enterprises – Agriculture Group (ABLE-AG) consisting of 12 companies has also said that getting nod from the states has put back research in genetically modified (GM) crops by many years. “There is no way we can conduct any field trial this kharif season and because of ambiguity on the part of the government on GM crops, the research […]

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