Will you include Bt Brinjal in your diet?

On October 14, 2009 the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) has cleared Bt Brinjal for entry as first GM food in our country. Read the report here.

But Mr. Jairam Ramesh, the Union Minister for Environment and Forests, has decided to hold a series of public consultations before finalizing the decision on release of Bt-brinjal. Read the full article here.

Sunita Narain, Director, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), has demanded that the government should not clear edible GM crops until there is a labelling regime for genetically modified foods.

Damodar Rout, Agriculture minister of Orissa said that the Orissa government does not favour genetically modified crop in the state. He added that the interest of farmers is more important than the interest of capitalists. Read the report here.

Devinder Sharma has pointed out serious failures in the report of the Expert Committee-II, in his article Bt brinjal — India’s first poisonous food crop.

He has called the report of the Expert Committee-II a scientific scandal and challenged Mr Raju Barwale, Managing Director of the Maharashtra Hybrid Seed Company (Mahyco) for a public debate on the veracity of his scientific claims.

We all have read/heard from the proponents of GM foods that the GM foods are absolutely essential to increase food production. But Devinder Sharma states that their claim is factually incorrect and that there is no GM crop in the world that increases productivity.

We the members of the struggling Bharat, have one question to GEAC members and all those who agree with GEAC approval of Bt Brinjal,

Will you (or your spouse) include Bt Brinjal in your or your children’s or grand children’s diet?

We are sure that the answer, if you do not lie, will be an emphatic NO. Then, why do you impose this poison upon the poor members of the struggling Bharath. We are not ready to be the lab rats or guinea pigs for the greedy corporations.

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