GMO news related to India

22.11.2006 |

Rice exporters in India burn down GM-rice trials

While GMO critics have warned about GMO rice trials by Monsanto's Mahyco company in India, now rice farmers, who fear about their exports, have burned down such field trials in Haryana, India. And Robert Zeigler, director-general of the Manila-based International Rice Research Institute, says: “There is neither environmental assessment, nor human food safety assessment available for Bt rice. Proper precautions must be taken.”

21.11.2006 |

India for common biosafety concerns

NEW DELHI, NOV 20: India has called upon other biodiversity-rich countries to work out a model for cooperation and make common efforts for conservation of biological diversity, ensuring biosafety and development. Inaugurating an international conference on the implications of the Cartagena Protocol on biosafety in Capital on Monday, the environment and forests minister A Raja said,"As responsible members of the international community that harbours the major part of the world's biodiversity, I would appeal to make our common biosafety concerns and our common desire for development of a model for cooperation."

20.11.2006 |

Government has 'open mind' on GE crops issue: Minister

CHENNAI: With farmers all over the State threatening a "war unto the finish" against genetically engineered crops, the State Government on Thursday said it had an "open mind" on the issue and would allow the crops only if they were proved to have no demonstrable side effects. "The company [Monsanto-Mahyco] approached us with a request to test the crops. The trial is only in the research phase now and the results will be sent to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research and, later, the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee, to decide if the crops are harmful to farmers or not. We will go by whatever the committee decides. If the council gives a negative report, we will not allow cultivation in the State," Agriculture Minister Veerapandi Arumugam told The Hindu .

20.11.2006 |

Ban field tests of GM seeds: Jaya

Chennai, Nov 18: Seeking a ban on the field tests of genetically modified paddy varieties in the country, AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa said researchers should focus on seed varieties which protect soil fertility and give more yield. Charging multi-national companies with "selling poisonous BT seeds banned in Japan and European countries", she said these seeds would affect the fertility of the soil. Paddy grown out of genetically modified seeds would harm human beings as well as animals and birds, she said.

17.11.2006 |

Farmers' association declares war on GE crops

CHENNAI: Representatives of the Tamil Nadu Velan Kappu Kuzhu said on Wednesday they would not allow genetically engineered crops to be tested or cultivated anywhere in Tamil Nadu. "We are ready to face any consequence in our fight against these crops, which endanger food security and poison the environment. If need be, we will confiscate GE seeds from shops that sell them and destroy them," K. Chellamuthu, chairman, Tamil Nadu Farmers Association, told reporters.

16.11.2006 |

New report sets out future for world's most important staple food

‘Future of Rice’ highlights alternatives to genetic engineering in the lab and field

Chennai, India — New, environmentally sustainable and consumer-friendly technologies effectively render the imprecise Genetic Engineering (GE) technology both obsolete and unnecessary, according to a new report released today by Greenpeace.

16.11.2006 |

Farmers voted for Bt cotton

Observers of the saga of genetically modified cotton, or Bt cotton, in India would have felt a sense of déjà vu when Bharatiya Kisan Union activists recently torched a field growing genetically modified rice in Haryana. Back in November 28, 1998, farmers belonging to the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha torched a field growing Bt cotton in Karnataka, launching Operation Cremate Monsanto—a protest movement targeting the US multinational that introduced this technology into India in collaboration with its seed partner Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company Ltd (Mahyco).

13.11.2006 |

Agriculture Secretary to take stock of Coimbatore protest

COIMBATORE: Agriculture Secretary Surjit K. Choudhary rushed to Coimbatore to take stock of the situation arising out the drive carried out by some organisations against cultivating genetically engineered paddy. Last Friday, hundreds of farmers and activists uprooted genetically engineered paddy crop on a trial field in Ramanathapuram village at Alandurai, 30 km from here. The local police had registered a case against Tamil Nadu Farmers' Association president K. Chellamuthu and 89 others. The Government took a serious view of the incident and wanted the Agriculture Secretary to look into the issue.

10.11.2006 |

Terminator-style field trials in India

The Public Interest Litigation (PIL) brought before the Supreme Court in India by Aruna Rodrigues and her co-petitioners has already led to a temporary ban on new GM field trials in India, starting from the 22nd of September.

But on the 13th October, the Supreme Court in response to an application from Delhi University, agreed to make an exception. Based on the evidence before it, the Supreme Court agreed to allow Delhi University to conduct field trials of their newly developed GM Mustard, subject to the condition that they would take all precautions and that they would completely destroy the crop if the Court became convinced that GM Mustard had bio-safety hazards.

10.11.2006 |

Tech-savvy Kalam advocates nano use, favours transgenic route for farm research

NEW DELHI, NOV 9: The tech-savvy President APJ Abdul Kalam called for use of nano and transgenic technologies as part of the multi-dimensional approach to farm research for facilitating second green revolution in the country.

Inaugurating a seminar on re-orienting agricultural research to meet the millenium development goals organised by the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) in Delhi on Thursday, the president suggested select areas for researches in agriculture, using nano technology.

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