Biotechnology and GM crops are taking us down a dangerous road


Biotechnology and GM crops are taking us down a dangerous road
Christian Aid Report -Natural News

Biotechnology and GM crops are taking us down a dangerous road, creating the classic conditions for hunger, poverty and even famine. Ownership and control concentrated in too few hands and a food supply based on too few varieties of crops planted widely are the worst option for food security.” – Christian Aid Report

SOURCE : NATURAL NEWS

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Say “No to GMO Bananas “


No to GMO Bananas

Posted by Vandana Shiva on YOUTUBE

Ignoring the many existing alternatives our indigenous biodiversity and knowledge offers to address the public health emergency of iron deficiency, India’s Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) has signed an agreement with Queensland University to provide AUD$1.4 million (US$1.44 million) and INR80 million (US$1.43 million) towards the cost of the Indian component to increase the iron content in banana through genetic engineering.

Dr. Dale of Queensland University who will receive this generosity from our government, and has already received $15 million from the Gates Foundation, does not have a single paper related to iron fortification of bananas . This work has been done by the Bhabha Atomic Research Team. Why is our tax money being wasted on this project?

 

Global firms eye Pakistan for GM products


Global firms eye Pakistan for GM products

SOURCE : Business-standard.com

Three multinational companies have approached Pakistan‘s ministry of food security to seek licences to raise genetically-modified (GM) food products in the country, a media report said Sunday.

A senior federal government official told the Dawn newspaper that a request in this regard was received by the ministry to launch GM maize and cotton.

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Genetic modification is a biotechnological process used to make new products, particularly new types of crops.

The official said a US-based biotech company famous for BT Cotton that was resistant to certain pests was now providing different varieties of non-GM seeds and herbicides to farmers in Pakistan.

On GM food products, Asif Shuja, director general of the Pakistan Environment Protection Agency (Pak-Epa), said: “It’s a long debate as research is still continuing internationally whether the GM products have an impact on human health.”

He said many Pakistani companies have also approached the Pak-Epa for launching GM food products but the agency has not given them no-objection certificates.

“Many local companies want to import GM food products from China and we have not given any approval in this regard,” he said.

However, Jawad Chishtie, a public health and environment management specialist, told the Dawn that GM products have been rejected in Europe for damaging crops and endangering human health, and warned that effects of genetically engineered organisms were not yet known to researchers.

“They are suspected of causing dangerous allergies and even cancer,” he told the Dawn.

Chishtie said hundreds of farmers in India committed suicide after introduction of GM crops since it damaged their land.

He said seeds had “terminator” genes which did not allow the same crop to be planted again from harvested seeds.

“Once a GM agri-product is planted, farmers are trapped into buying seeds and related pesticides each and every year from the same company,” he said.

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