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GM crops: A path to become slave again

March 13, 2010

Two weeks before I have read this editorial in the tamil newspaper ‘Dinamani’ which says that (My translation maybe pathetic. Hope I deliver the gist of that. Anybody who knows Tamil please read the editorial and correct me in the places where I have gone wrong. I have translated from 4th paragraph to 8th paragraph)),

Last week Indian cabinet approved an understanding agreement with America without publicizing it. According to this farmer’s society and safe food agreement, in the enlargement of the farming, privatization is going to be implemented in Indian farming and also US multinationals going to play a part in Indian agriculture.

In America, agriculture is business. But in India it’s a essential to lead a life. An Indian farmer was not growing crops with a business mind. He/she involves in it for the food. According to this agreement, as the farmers are not doing this in business minded, reasoning that the farm lands are going to be bought by the US multinationals and the farming is going to be done in a profitable way.

After the lands are bought by the US multinationals, how can we stop them from sowing the genetically modified seeds in those lands? An Indo-US agriculture knowledge group is going to be created and the producers of the GM seeds Monsanto and Kargil going to be members in that panel. So the members of this panel pressurizing our government will become inevitable.

And its not going to end at that level. These US companies are going to enforce a monstrous law on us with the help of our own government. How many knows that Bio-technology regulation act is going to be approved in this current budget parliamentary session?

This act allows the government to arrest a person and put in jail for 6 months to a year or slapping a fine upto 2 lakhs if he/she indulges in the campaign against the GM crops without any proper evidences. According to law 27(1), the information and permissions on the GM crops won’t be shared under right to information act. In addition to that the panel (which comprises US multinationals has the right to overrule any decision taken by state government on this.’

And my thoughts on this:

I don’t know what’s the need for forcing the GM crops into our throat when the current agriculture method of using the pesticides already killing our land. As a citizens of our country why don’t we are not given the freedom which was given to some money thirsty multinationals. They are allowed to sell and run the business here without any trouble in the name of globalization and whatever blah-blah zations they have but a common man in this country can’t oppose that.

By using the seeds of these multinationals our farmers will become a slave of them and the prices of the food will be decided even before the seed is sown. A business minded approach to the foods will never ever yield a good result making us, the consumer, to suffer. I have once read about the US-based united fruit company which controlled the whole of the sugar cultivation of the Cuba during the Pre-Castro era, which deprived the rights of the farmers. And if the GM seeds are allowed inside, we will be in the same position. Then GM seeds will become a necessity in our life just like how the soft drinks become in our life, even though we know how harmful it is.

By depriving the information about these crops to us our government trying to hide something out of us. And if this law is passed I am sure, there is no looking back in becoming as the country which is going to be as a slave, the only difference is, one of our people will people but he/she will be keyed by the US multinational.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. March 14, 2010 6:56 am

    Kanagu, I’m not against GM crops as long as they are safe and don’t destroy the land…Traditional methods are not always the best…We have to feed our people and traditional methods of farming have not been able to do so together with the flawed distribution system we have in our country…GM crops can improve survivability and increase productivity of plants in inhospital conditions…I think starvation is much more dangerous than any threat presented by GM crops…As far as the environment is concerned, a major advantage of GM crops is that they are genetically engineered to resist weeds and bugs which enable farmers to decrease pesticide and herbicide use…On the flip side, superweeds and bugs could also be inadvertently created…Environmental management is a very serious and complex issue…

    Again, I must reiterate, I am all for GM crops as long as they are SAFE for people and the environment…

    kanagu: If it is safe means I am also for it Bones… but the way it is done here is not encouraging and without proving it is good enough its being forced upon us and also I don’t like government collaborating with the US MNCs which are least bothered about people and their healths… they generally money-minded and their capitalist mindset will surely affect our farmers and us….

    if it is safe means why every group related to agriculture in our country were against it and why only the people in power encouraging this???? there are questions to be answered before introducing it…

  2. March 14, 2010 8:47 am

    P.S. Having said that, I don’t think our government should cave in to US pressure and enact laws pro-US seed companies…I wonder how much money our politicians are getting?

    kanagu: That’s the thing which makes the whole thing suspicious….

  3. March 14, 2010 1:54 pm

    Kanagu- Transparency is missing in the matter of introducing BT Brinjal, the govt. says that tests were carried out by independent laboratories, when they were actually carried out by a subsidiary of the multinational Monsanto.

    kanagu: Yes.. its truly missing and thats what makes me really concerned towards this….

    Another point is that international convention is that GM crops should not be introduced where they grow naturally. Brinjal has been grown all over India for centuries.

    kanagu: Is it??? I have never known about that….. but then why it needs to be introduced here.. already its growing well here…

    And now they are bringing a law according to which no one can speak out against the introduction of GM crops.

    kanagu: I came to know about that too 😦 😦

    Here is a post by Gopinath Mavinkurve which you may find interesting-

    kanagu: Thanks for the link Manju… will read it 🙂 🙂

  4. March 14, 2010 2:38 pm

    the company Monsanto is also called Monster-anto !!!!!!!

    ENOUGH Said !!!!

    kanagu: 😦 😦 😦

  5. March 14, 2010 5:40 pm

    I am not in favour of this MOU though I did read about it recently.
    Americans are finding their way into the Indian business of agriculture just because they are able to bulldoze their way through.
    Instead of blaming them, we must be able to ask the Govt on it’s motives. We have another problem in India , which is the biased and committed media.It is subjects like these which must be highlighted by them rather than telling us about Mayawati-Modi bashing and Congress supremacy.

    kanagu: yes sir, the blame completely lies with our government…. we can’t blame US MNCs for entering here as they have been permitted by our own corporate govt….

  6. March 14, 2010 11:17 pm

    India has become a good dumping ground for world and GM crop is no different.

    I am going to sign the greenpeace petition against it. Are you?

    kanagu: I have signed it Ekta… hope the govt. hears that…

  7. March 15, 2010 11:42 am

    I don’t know much about this…in fact i’m confused about all these buzz.Until i get a clear idea about plus and minus of this , i don’t want to comment about it.

    kanagu: Waiting for your comments 🙂 🙂

  8. March 15, 2010 11:51 am

    Indeed quite confusing and all the info is not available clearly. I also find there is no need to sign a deal with US in this regard. Maybe we are so used to slavery, that we naturally opt for it. 🙄

    kanagu: Our government ditches us more than any other MNCs of US as they are allowing fair discussion in this matter… 😡 😡

  9. March 15, 2010 2:18 pm

    Our agricultural specialist Nammaazhvaar also is against this. He is nearly creating revolution in our Tamilnadu villages.

    kanagu: Yes, he is… I have heard about him… when he says we have to listen..

    BT brinjal looks too fresh and flawless and we will be tempted to buy, my vegetable shopwaala says. He said that he was against it and he would never sett them.

    kanagu: thats good hear from a shop vendor…

  10. March 16, 2010 1:29 am

    Is genetically modified for heaves sake. It isnt natural and isnt going to do any good for humans in anyway. Over the years, consuming all these, we would have a total genetically modified generation. Donno where all this is taking us, govt. couldnt take care of the farmers or their crops distribution and they are finding short cuts !

    kanagu: This is a shortcut to kill farmers completely and handing over controls of lands to MNCs… 😦 😦

    • thesaintlysinner permalink
      March 24, 2010 12:58 am

      Its probably not accurate to conclude that Indian farmers are growing crops for feeding themselves – at the end of it, each of them are still selling and distributing their produce. And why would they even term some of the produce as “cash crop”? The GM crops would obviously come with the advantage of surviving a drought, resistance to pests, better yield etc. But since they are genetically modified, there is always the fear of genetic mutation – it might not happen in the immediate future, but there is definitely going to be a change – good / bad, as time passes by. However, the genetic mutation happening to humans is not nothing new – we have evolved over centuries and so GM products probably would accelerate the process. If people were worried about mutation, then we would probably re-think our strategy around mobile phones and their communication towers spreading all over the place, the usage of wireless media, high power transmission lines – the humans are being subjected to such high intense signals for the first time in their existence, and it is only going to get stronger and diverse. Do we think of all this when we buy the latest mobile phones or purchase a wireless router? 🙂 And i’m not advocating the usage of GM, but wanted to comment on the genetic mutation topic

  11. March 18, 2010 8:30 am

    very informative post. Got your mailer too!

    kanagu: Thanks Reema… 🙂 🙂

  12. Princess permalink
    March 18, 2010 12:54 pm

    sometimes changes are forced into us and b4 everyone comes to know of its effects the change is already implemented its sad part of the administration 😦

    may god bless us

    kanagu: true princess… hope better sense prevails

  13. March 19, 2010 10:47 pm

    I guess we are already a slave to so many multinational brands and products that one more might not make a huge difference. I guess we need to understand the advantages and disadvantages of multinational companies and products – for that we need to have a frank and open discussion – which is next to impossible!!

    Destination Infinity

    kanagu: its impossible and rightly said DI… we need to understand our needs but when we done that…

  14. March 22, 2010 8:14 am

    Only thing that bothers me is, “According to law 27(1), the information and permissions on the GM crops won’t be shared under right to information act. “

    Accountability, transparency and free and open debate are the what make a Democracy a Democracy.

    kanagu: Then I think we didn’t practiced it well 🙂 🙂

  15. March 24, 2010 10:01 am

    Genetically modified Crops are safe to some extend. Again it is the matter of how much you want to implement.

    Well..the whole stuff sounds fishy..Imposing such laws is ridiculous…

    kanagu: I am not opposing it blindly.. I am just asking for the proof that it is safe for us and also for the farmer’s future….

  16. April 10, 2010 10:46 pm

    This is a notorious dictatorial bill that was designed by the filthy central government crooks. More than the multinationals, it’s the dirty central government criminals who are to blame. Corporations like Monsatan put pressure on all governments, but the civilised countries (like many in the EU) have resisted it and banned GM food crops, or at least have extremely stringent conditions.

    kanagu: True Raj.. more than anybody our government is the one to blame for allowing those criminals in our country and dooming the lives of our farmers… our government doesn;t have a backbone to stand… 😡
    It’s only the uncouth Third World barbarocracies that are caving in to scum like Monsatan, because they are governed by lowlife scoundrels, like the ones we have in the criminal central government.

    kanagu: There words are measured and all they care in this world is money and capitalism…
    Let it be known that this filthy bill was not designed by the current science and technology minister, Prithviraj Chavan. It’s the brainchild of that notorious lowlife Kapil Sibal, when he was previously a minister of state for s&t. The criminal, fascist provisions in this filthy bill were all thought of by the pea-brained scoundrel Sibal, who must have recieved sacks and sacks of money from scum organisations like Monsatan 😡

    kanagu: That I don;t know Raj.. thanks for the info… whoever done that has in no way done a good thing for our nation and for sure will receive hefty sum of money from those criminals…

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