Developers cannot be Regulators

Posted on Thursday, February 18th, 2010

The Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India Bill 2009 is nothing but a proposal for deepening the Regulatory Chaos and the Crisis Created by Conflict of Interest

By Dr. Vandana Shiva

The proposed Biotechnology Regulatory Authority Bill of India, 2009 (BRAI) which is a new version of the older National Biotechnology Regulatory Bill, 2008 is a recipe for deepening the regulatory chaos as well as deepening the crisis created by conflict of interest issues related to issues of genetic engineering

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Dismantling Democracy, Science and the Public Interest to put GMO’s on Fast Track

Posted on Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Reflections on the Proposed National Biotechlogy Regulatory Authorigy (NBRA) and National Biotechnology Regulatory Bill, 2008

By Dr. Vandana Shiva

Genetically Engineered Organisms (GMOs) are transgenic organisms made by introducing genes across species boundaries. Thus Bt. Cotton, or Bt. Rice or Bt. Brinjal has genes for a toxin taken from a soil bacteria and put into the food crop. In addition, GMO’s use anti-biotic resistance markets, viral promoters and cancer genes as vectors. These new genes can have risks for public health and the environment. Ensuring safety in the context of genetically engineered organisms is referred to as Biosafety.

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Video on the Health Implications of Bt Technology

Posted on Friday, February 12th, 2010

The Moratorium on Bt Brinjal is an invitation to further educate yourself about the implications of Bt crops and other genetically modified foods. Watch the video below to hear Dr.Vandana Shiva (Navdanya/Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology) and Mira Shiva (Doctors for Food Safety and Biosafety) highlight a few of the specific hazards of GMOs.

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Indian Minister of Environment Heeds Public Call for a Moratorium on Bt Brinjal

Posted on Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

After nearly a month of public hearings, protests, and nationwide debate, India’s Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh announced today an indefinite moratorium on the sale of Bt Brinjal (genetically modified eggplant). Cleared for commercialisation in October by India’s Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC), Bt Brinjal has been met with tremendous resistance by farmers, consumer advocacy groups, medical experts, and environmentalists. A number of state governments, which in India’s federal system have the final say on agriculture, have also expressed apprehension about the product. Ten states—West Bengal, Orissa, Bihar (which together produce 60 percent of the country’s eggplant), Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Uttarakhand—have already declared bans on genetically modified crops.

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What Salt was to India’s Freedom Movement in 1930, Brinjal is to Defense of India’s Freedom in 2010 The Government of Kerala Leads the Way – article by Dr. Vandana Shiva

Posted on Monday, February 8th, 2010

On 2-3 February, 2010 a high level national conference on Genetically Modified (GM) Crops – Merits and Demerits was organized by the Government of Kerala in Trivandrum.

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Monsanto Under the Microscope

Posted on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

In 2010 the U.S. Department of Justice will once again put Monsanto under the microscope. In the wake of an antitrust suit brought against the agribusiness giant by its largest competitor, DuPont, the Justice Department has opened an investigation into the company’s aggressive practices in the biotech arena. The Justice and Agriculture Departments have also announced that they will jointly hold five hearings to address monopoly and competition in the agriculture industry later this year. Will investigators and justice officials finally hold Monsanto accountable for decades of illegal activity?

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GMOs Are Not a Solution to the Food Crisis – an article by Dr. Vandana Shiva

Posted on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

At the Science Congress in Trivandrum, the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, once again reiterated his commitment to the Second Green Revolution. At her Republic Day Address, the President of India, Pratibha Patil also said that the Second Green Revolution was necessary to address the food crisis and the crisis of rising food prices.

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Celebrate Holi with Vibrant, Non-Toxic Gulal made from India’s Colorful Array of Herbs, Fruits, and Flowers!

Posted on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Holi is India’s most iconic festival, known all over the world for the brilliant colours people throw into the air––and at one another––to celebrate the abundance of each new spring. Traditionally, the gulal (colored paste) and pichkaari (colored water) used during the festival were made from natural, biodegradable ingredients harmless to humans, animals, and our environment. Today, however, much of the gulal and pichkaari available in markets is manufactured from cheap, industrial chemicals that damage human health and pollute the earth.

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