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Indian Govt To Farmers – If You Must Kill Yourself, Get It Right.

In Food/Drink, GM Crops, India on May 14, 2010 at 7:39 am

That in essence is the message to farmers as the government implements creative math solutions to tabulate the number of farmers who commit suicide in India.

“Now we can’t even commit suicide in peace,” laughed one of Agose’s neighbours with graveyard humour. “Not without reading those forms the officials have created to see we get it right.” Another pointed out: “There are some 40 clauses on their inquiry list. All these must apply.” In short, if you must kill yourself, get it right. Make sure you adhere to the pro forma. Then your family is ‘eligible’ for compensation. (Read P. Sainath’s full post at the Hindu)

Meanwhile the National Crime Records Bureau pegs the number at 50,000 farmer suicides from 2006 – 2008. 200,000 farmers have killed themselves since 1997 by ‘official’ stats.



Monsanto Admits Bt Cotton Not Resistant To Pest.

In GM Crops, India on March 6, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Credit due where necessary – kudos to Monsanto for admitting its Bt cotton is not resistant to the pink bollworm.

Which is why it is important that both sides of the Bt Brinjal debate remain fair, objective and open to information.

Bt Brinjal – “India is shunning safer food,” C. K. Rao

In Environment, Food/Drink, GM Crops, India on March 4, 2010 at 8:06 am

India is shunning safer food,” says C. Kameswara Rao opines in the Wall St Journal. Rao is Executive Secretary of the Foundation for Biotechnology Awareness and Education in Bangalore. His argument is based on two things – (1) the GEAC, India’s national regulatory regime’s tests, and (2) that Bt Brinjal is not harmful because “Bt Brinjal fixes this problem by imparting a systemic tolerance to the shoot and fruit borers” and thus reduces pesticide use.

Therein lies your problem Mr. Rao.

Can you blame the protesters of Bt Brinjal for not trusting the Indian government to make unbiased opinions regarding the health and welfare of its people?

India Says No To Bt Brinjal, But Not Cabbage, Rice Or Other?

In Food/Drink, GM Crops, India, Politics on February 9, 2010 at 7:20 am

Good. It seems the government bowed under pressure.

But then this odd caveat which sounds like a bait and switch attempt for other potential genetically modified vegetables and crops

he [Environment minister Jairam Ramesh] made it clear that the decision applied only to Bt Brinjal and does not cover future of genetically-modified crops, be it ladyfinger, cabbage or rice”

Experts panel ignores mass protests. Approves Monsanto’s Bt Brinjal for release

In Environment, Food/Drink, GM Crops, Health, India, Science on October 14, 2009 at 7:09 pm

We’ve been following the genetically modified foods story in India closely. Monsanto wins a battle as Genetic Engineering Approval Committee of the Union environment ministry approved the genetically modified brinjal (eggplant) also called Bt Brinjal for release into the environment.

(full story at Business Standard) Minister Jairam Ramesh said he would examine the report before deciding.

Ramesh Sothi said the vector used in making Bt brinjal was wrong and this alone disqualified the crop. Pushpa Bhargava, another dissenter, alleged: “They told us about this meeting only on Friday evening and did not agree to give more time to include all those who had expressed reservations about the crop to participate. Such transparency would have exposed GEAC and they did not dare to do it.”