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what will happen if we sign the petition.....

online petition never work dude.... atleast never seen any online petition fruitful

can you please tell me the harm with Bt brinjal

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Nine Reasons to Say NO to GM Seeds

What is a Genetically Modified Seed/crop?

Typically, genetically modified foods involve a transgenic process. Which means Transgenesis genes from a different species are inserted, which is a form of horizontal gene transfer. These species could be a certain virus or bacteria, which is inserted in the gene structure of the seed, whereby, when a certain pest consumes the seed, the insect will die from the toxins in this seed. Often along with genetic modification, certain hormones are also introduced into the seed to change the color or increase the size of the crop.

1. GM seeds have many harmful effects on health

GM crops are created by the unnatural insertion of foreign genes which can lead to numerous unpredictable changes that are potentially dangerous for health. Bt Brinjal has been artificially created by insertion of a bacterial gene (Bacillus thuringiensis-BT) to produce a toxin 24X7 inside the plant to target one pest—the Brinjal Fruit & Shoot Borer (it has to be noted that while many pests and diseases attack the crop, this technology is claimed as a solution to one such pest). Just as it attacks the pests and kills it, it also attacks beneficial micro organisms in the human body, thus causing irreversible damage to our immunity.

Describing the health hazards related with BT vegetables, Ramadoss [union Health Minister of India] warned that people consuming them could experience kidney and liver problems.

· Union Health Minister of India calls BT Crops Toxic in Indian Express Interview

· Bengal Chief Minister questions health hazards in Indian Express

· More illnesses linked to BT by Institute of Science in Society

· Poison on the Platter [See film 30 mins]

· Bad Seed [

6.37 mins]

2. "Internationally about 30 tests are prescribed before a country can allow GM seeds. However, India has done only 6-7 tests. Those too have been done by Monsanto itself or samples provided by the company, which is trying to push GM seeds in India," notes Dr. Pushpa Bhargava, who is:

widely regarded as the architect of modern biology and biotechnology in India. He has been felicitated with several prestigious awards including the Padma Bhushan. He is also the Supreme Court Appointed special invitee of the 30-member GEAC (Genetic Engineering Approval committee) set up by the Govt. of India. Scientist, writer, thinker, institution builder, administrator. Former and Founder Director of Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad and used to be the President of Society of Biological Chemists of India and Indian Academy of Social Sciences He has authored over 125 major scientific publications and over 400 other articles on a variety of subjects in some of the best-known publications around the world. See his interview below:

· Interview in Indian Express

· Interview in Infochange India

3. The so called “Expert Committee (EC2)” set up by the GEAC to conduct tests on BT Brinjal has lost its credibility

as many of the members are associated with GM crop development company (Monsanto). There is a corruption charge on one of them. How come we can rely on such committee whose chairman now says, “We are not sure about the safety of BT brinjal”?

Recently, the Chair of the EC2 admits in a media interview again that several tests on Bt Brinjal were not done and “without them, at this stage, we do not know whether Bt Brinjal is safe or not”. The Chairperson also says that “Genetically Engineered food products will not be equal to the non-genetically engineered food products. That's for sure. Now, how much damage, we do not know at this stage"! This is a very serious admission indeed and the many voices of concerned citizens, scientists and activists stand vindicated with this. These views of the EC2 Chair not getting reflected in the report of this Committee shows yet again that pressure and vested interests were driving the EC2 report.

· Compelling findings by IBN Live

· Watch Video where EC2 Chairman speaks on IBN Live

4. There is no shortage or immediate threat to Brinjal production in India.

Brinjal is one of the highest produced and consumed vegetables in India and there is no current shortage. There are various traditional methods of protecting Brinjals against pests that have been practiced since hundreds of years. To learn more see Links below:

5. Thousands of cattle died in Andhra Pradesh by consuming BT Cotton and caused severe allergies and other illnesses to farm workers . Andra Pradesh government has banned Genetically Modified seeds in the state. In Philippines, villagers living near GM Maize fields have even died.

6. India is the center of Origin / Diversity of Brinjal

Delhi-based NBPGR (See Outlook article below) asserts that Brinjal originated in India and there are more than 2000 varieties that have been conserved. It is important to note that no Genetically Modified crop has been introduced in the country of origin till now in the world, because it can contaminate rest of the traditional species. Monsanto says that if we keep a 30 mt distance on all four sides, then cross pollination between GM and traditional varieties will not occur. But they are leaving out the simple fact that bees travel up to three kilometers. Also Indian farmers do not own huge hectares of land unlike their American counterparts. They are often small plot owners and cannot afford to leave large distances.

Also there is a great chance that traditional varieties will get contaminated and also go extinct, which is irreversible. We cannot ever bring back these varieties that nature took thousands of years to create, thereby leaving them extinct forever. One should also realize that any labeling will not help and the consumer has no way to ascertain if the brinjal they are buying is GM or Non-GM. To learn more see links below:

7. Most other countries and several states in India have banned GM due to its health hazards

GM crops were introduced in UK, Germany, Phillipines and some other countries. However after facing dangerous health complains from thousands of citizens, mass civil opposition and after doing further tests they banned GM food in their country. Italy, Ireland, Austria, France, Greece, Hungary, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, South Africa, Switzerland and many other countries have either banned or enforced a moratorium on the cultivation of GM food crops. Moreover, surveys say that more than 90% of Americans, and almost 100% of Europeans are against GM foods. In India, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Kerala, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Uttaranchal and Orissa have banned GM foods.

8. Monopoly of a foreign corporate on the food security of India is dangerous

One should note that 62% of Indians are occupied in farming. Food production plays a huge role in our economy. If our farmers become addicted to GM Seeds then a foreign company like Monsanto will hold a monopoly on this multi-billion dollar business of selling seeds in India. There is no technology developed in India to make GM seeds.

According to many reports Monsanto has a bad reputation worldwide of corruption and breaking international laws:

· BBC Article

· BBC News: Indian farmers ransack Monsanto building due to farmer suicides

· Important film on list of crimes committed by Monsanto: World According to Monsanto

9. Damage to the soil and the entire ecosystem

Just as the toxins emitted by the GM seeds kills the pest and damages the human body, similarly it kills the microbial population in the soil. It is the micro activity in the soil that makes it 'alive soil' as against the dead soil in a desert. It is possible to grow food only in an alive ecosystem where the micro activity is high. The toxins not only damage the fertility of the soil, but it also harms the entire ecosystem including the bees, animals and birds.

Hope you have the answers now!!!!

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^^^ Thanks for all those details.. an eye-opener.

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I would like to say GM seeds ko bengan main mila do (hyderabadi style). .

signed !!

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