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Editorial »

[26 Mar 2010 | One Comment | 10,752 views]

After holding a series of public consultations before taking a decision on release of Bt brinjal, the first Bt food crop that was about to be introduced in India, union environment minister Jairam Ramesh faced a huge outcry from activists, scientists, farmers, and general public. He finally put a moratorium on the release of this genetically modified vegetable. The moratorium, however, should not be misunderstood for a ban as it has been imposed only till such a time that independent scientific studies establish the safety of the product from the …

Bt Brinjal »

[26 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 5,577 views]
The Bt Brinjal Saga

The ultimate goal of Monsanto-led Bt brinjal in India is to obtain control over Indian agriculture. With 60 percent of the population engaged in agriculture and living in villages, this would effectively mean not only complete control over our food security but also a direct threat to our farmers and rural sector. Whosoever controls the seed and agro-chemical production in the country, will control India, writes Dr Pushpa Bhargava

Genetic modification of living organisms (GM technology) is a fantastic technology but, like nuclear technology, it must be used in a responsible …

GM Crop Debate »

[26 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 3,347 views]
Battle of the trenches

In the end of the controversial Bt brinjal debate, it seems that the crucial failure of the Indian biotechnology sector is its inability to communicate the pros and cons of the GM technology in an unbiased manner to the public. Until that is achieved, the battle lines will remain, writes Devinder Sharma

A tug of war has begun. After the MoS for environment & forests, Jairam Ramesh stirred a hornet’s nest by announcing a moratorium on commercial cultivation of what could have been India’s first genetically modified crop – Bt brinjal …

Interview »

[26 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 4,923 views]
‘Govt regulatory bodies are a sham’

Among the most distinguished voices opposing the introduction of Bt brinjal and GM foods in India is that of 84-year old TV Jagadisan, former managing director of Monsanto, South Asia. Mr Jagadisan served the company for 18 years before he called it quits as he increasingly realised that country and farmers’ interests were not in the scheme of things of his former employer

Mr Jagadisan summarily dismisses government regulatory bodies as he points out that neither are these bodies scientifically equipped to verify the claims of seed and food companies nor …

Minister's Report »

[26 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 9,161 views]
Bt brinjal in chiller

After holding countrywide consultations over Bt brinjal and its induction in the Indian farming sector, environment minister Jairam Ramesh argues for imposing a moratorium on the transgenic crop till independent scientific studies establish, to the satisfaction of both the public and professionals, its health safety

1 The Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) was set up in May 1990 under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986. While it is a statutory body under Rules 1989 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and as such it is authorised to grant approval for large-scale trials …

Minister's Report »

[26 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 3,707 views]

K Rosaiah
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister
Tests conducted and the information disseminated by the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) were not sufficient for the commercial release of Bt brinjal. Its release should be deferred until safety parameters in terms of environment, human and animal health are clearly established.

BS Yeddyurappa
Karnataka Chief Minister
The state, a major producer of the vegetable, will not allow the cultivation of Bt brinjal as it will sound the death knell for farmers. Moreover, local brinjal varieties are being widely used in Indian systems of medicine like Ayurveda, Siddha …

Gene Debate »

[25 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 4,867 views]
Trojan Horse

Tracking the emerging evidence on the adverse environmental and health impacts of GM crops and keeping a watchful eye on the ecological practices in farming, Kavitha Kuruganti stresses that GM crops are no solution and only rigorous, appropriate, transparent and independent scientific testing will establish the safety of the genetically modified vegetable

Around the time when India’s minister of state for environment & forests, Jairam Ramesh took charge in the second term of the UPA government (sworn in on May 27, 2009), two days later the GEAC (Genetic Engineering Approval Committee) …

Btnomics »

[25 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 2,884 views]
Food for Thought

While stating that GEAC lacks technical knowledge, Dr Suman Sahai campaigns for a transparent and independent bio-safety testing authority under the vigil of scientists in the public sector to verify the data submitted by agencies developing transgenic crops and the same facility should be available to consumers wanting to have foods tested to confirm the presence of GM ingredients
Bt brinjal very nearly became India’s first genetically engineered (GE) food crop, but for the intervention of the minister for environment and forests, Jairam Ramesh. According to the legal framework on GMOs, …

Open Letter »

[25 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 3,082 views]
Let truth prevail

Eminent citizens write to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to protect Indian farmers from Bt brinjal
In July 2009, Dr Anbumani Ramadoss received a formal reply to his letter dated February 2, 2009, from Prithviraj Chavan in his capacity as minister of state in the PMO. Dr Ramadoss addressed his letter to you when he was minister of health and family welfare.
We are understandably concerned at the contents of this letter. Its admitted source for much of the content is the organisation called International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA). …

Bt Debate »

[25 Mar 2010 | One Comment | 13,873 views]
Eminent Scientists write to PM

Independent scientists write to the Prime Minister of India with reference to the PMO Letter of July 2009 to Dr A Ramadoss which is scientifically untenable
Note: This sign-on letter is prompted by the communication, authored in July, 2009, by Mr Prithviraj Chavan, written in his capacity at that time as minister of state in the Prime Minister’s office. This letter entitled “Concern on Introduction of Genetically Engineered Crops and Food” was an official response to a letter from Dr A Ramadoss, addressed to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, dated …