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Notes on GM activism in India and farmer technology isssues

These are notes based on information from a farmers and scientists Whatsapp group. Currently, I’m engaging with key anti-GM activists and in case I find they are not willing to engage with scientists, then I’ll know that they are a cult and I’ll come down pretty hard on them.

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The adoption of Bt cotton in India remained more than 90% of the total cotton area for the last several years with over 7.0 million (70 lakh) farmers cultivating it. If they join together and vouch for its safety and benefits, there can be no greater support than it for Bt crops.

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anything negative has no future and die its natural death.. farmers of today are more intelligent and informed than anyother time in the recent past… They know what to do ? and How to do ? they will take care of all

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Jairam Ramesh as minister of MoEF announced a moratorium on Brinjal in 2010.. As far as I know there has been no other scientific committee of the govt which has negated the recommendation of GEAC and RCGM on brinjal so far.

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Currently, those in favour of adopting science and technology for agriculture, are not usually against anyone adopting organic or natural farming or any other schools of thought. Unfortunately, the latter groups typically ask the govt to stop those who would like to adopt modern technologies. If everyone followed live and let live approach, the conflicts would be greatly reduced, and not just in Agriculture.

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We , Shetkari Sanghtana neither pro or anti GM technology. We are fighting for our right to use or not to use GM technology as per our experience in farm , without having any adverse effects on health of farmers, consumers, soil, water and environment. We’re not against any regulatory checks. Bt brinjal is twice approved by competent body GEAC. Still it’s banned for no reason. Same is true about gm gm mustard. Then how do you expect Indian farmers to compete in in International market? Why farmers and experts have no right to say? Why even regulatory trials are opposed?

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1. The denial of the approval of the Bt Brinjal was illegal. The complete process as set out by the government was followed. At the last minute it was decided to hold what was called public hearing. This was a tamasha, and it was the same set of activist who undertook the same set of tamasha at the different public hearings in different parts of the country. This created a media hype against the techonology.

2. It was an extra-constitutional organisation called National Advisory Council, which was effectively a super-cabinet, that was active in the illegal denial. The members were supposed to have the ear of Sonia Gandhi, and they used this image to the hilt, to undertake their anti-development activities. (It should be stated here that this same set of people are even today active not just in denying the farmers technology to improve their lives, but they are active in other areas of economy to hold down the growth of India.)

3. Bangladesh used the trial and other data from India to give the approval for Bt Brinjal. It has been some four years since Bt Brinjal is consumed in that country. There have been no reports of any ill-effects on human beings and animals. While there has been documented reports attesting to the benefits for the farmers, the biggest being the elimination of the health problems since the use of pesticides is drastically reduced.

4. Some say that because the technology is legally banned, the use should not be allowed. During the colonial times, agitation for freedom was legally banned. If the argument is to be accepted, then we should call people like Bhagat Singh as criminals and not freedom fighters. Nothing can be absurd.

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The effort is to fight the ad-hoc processes which is followed. If it is approved and if still govt is denying it then the only way is to go in the open streets to fight for it. I don’t see any reason why this open defiance against the law is illegal,since the law itself has not been able to hold ground in this country

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I remember the anti science foreign funded Green Peace Activists vandalised and uprooted GM Mustard in Punjab which was undergoing duly approved field trials.Similarly these miscreants vandalised crops which were undergoing duly approved field trials in Coimbatore. Can some one get me the link? Why those making hue and cry about unapproved GM Crop being sown and demand arrest when the same activists vandalalised duly approved field trials? Are these anti GMO activists immune from legal action ?

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These anti science miscreants through their vandalism which is a crime forced MoEF to impose moratorium on GM Crop trials
It is strange that they make hue and cry when farmers stage a sathyagraha .

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This vandalism is the standard operating procedure of these NGOs all over the world.

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It is a shame that the then MoEF Jairam Ramesh rewarded the foreign funded Anti farmer NGOs who destroyed the legally conducted GMO Crop trials, for their vandalism with indefinite moratorium on field trials. I wonder whether he signed on the dotted lines of the order typed out by the anti farmer activists.

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Green Peace Activists in the guise of farmers destroyed Golden Rice Field trial in Philipines few years ago. The Green Peace can never tolerate anything that is beneficial to the society and good for the nation.

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KEYWORDS

GMO, Genetically modified, Bt brinjal, Greenpeace, activists

 

 

Sanjeev Sabhlok

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