Navdanya Announces International GMO Conference in New Delhi
Posted on Wednesday, February 10th, 2010
Conference Room No. 1, India International Centre (Main)
Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi
February 23, 2010
Navdanya / Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology
International Commission on the Future of Food, Region of Tuscany, Italy
Centre for Food Safety, USA
Save our Seeds, Germany
Diverse Women for Diversity
Initiative for Health, Equity and Society
10.00 am – 11.00 am : Welcome and Overview
11.00 am – 12.30 pm : The Global GMO Free Movement
12.30 pm – 1.00 pm : Lunch
1.30 pm – 3.30 pm : GMO Myths vs Reality : A 20 Year Scientific Assessment
3.30 pm – 4.30 pm : GMOs and the threat to Seed Freedom and Food Freedom
4.30 pm – 5.30 pm : GMO Free Movements for Seed Freedom and Food Freedom (Anna Swaraj)
In 1972, the pioneers of research on recombinant DNA (Genetic Engineering) called for a moratorium on genetic engineering through the Asilomar declaration because of the unknown and unpredictable consequences of moving genes across species boundaries.
However, Wall Street and the agrichemical industry hijacked the new biotechnology tools, and thus started the 20 year experiment with untested genetically engineered foods and crops.
GMOs have been brought to our farms and our plates by subverting science and environmental Law.
A the conference leading scientists from across the world will show that over the past two decades there has been no yield gain, there has been an increase in pesticide use, and independent research has shown that GMOs pose a are high risks to the health and environment. Defending independent science is vital to our knowledge sovereignty and food democracy. If hazardous foods are declared safe through manipulated science, citizens are denied their food freedom and food sovereignty.
GMO crops and foods have been commercialized on the basis of myths such as –
- GMOs increase yields and thus are a solution to hunger (the second green revolution)
- GMOs with Bt. Genes like Bt. Cotton and Bt. Brinjal will end the use of pesticides
- GMOs are safe and are the same as the naturally occurring organisms used to create the transgenetic crop (the pseudo scientific principle of “substantial equivalence”).
In 1992, at the Earth Summit, citizens worked with Goverments to finalise the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Convention on Climate Change. Just as the climate treaty was subverted through the Copenhagen Accord in December 2009, the Biosafety Protocol under the CBD was subverted through the false principle of “substantial equivalence” which treats GMOs as equal to naturally occurring organisms.
GMOs have been brought to our farms and our plates by subverting science.
Leading scientists from across the world will show that over the past two decades there has been no yield gain, there has been an increase in pesticide use, and independent research has shown that GMOs pose a are high risks to the health and environment. Defending independent science is vital to our knowledge sovereignty and food democracy. If hazardous foods are declared safe through manipulated science, citizens are denied their food freedom and food sovereignty.
Navdanya was started in 1987 to keep alive the option of GMO free seed and food and to defend food sovereignty. In the year 2000, Navdanya communities launched GMO Free Living Democracy Movements (Jaiv Panchayats).
GMOs have been commercialized by subverting biosafety laws, and the democratic rights of citizens. In India, the Government was compelled to organize public hearings on Bt. Brinjal when it became clear that the decision to approve it had been made under undue influence.
With new alliances between local and regional Governments and citizens movements in many States in India have declared they will not allow Bt. Brinjal in their territories. Bt. Brinjal Free States now include Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka. Jaiv Panchayats across the country have reiterated their commitment to stay GMO Free and have banned the entry of GM seeds in their villages.
GMO free zones and regions have emerged as the democratic response to defend seed and food freedom worldwide. Governments and Citizens who have pioneered the GMO free movement in creative and innovative ways will share their experience at the conference
The conference will celebrate the success of the GMO free movement over the past two decades and also strategize for the future. The GMO Free Movement has been successful in limiting most of the commercial cultivation of GMOs to five countries and four crops. Most countries and most crops are still GMO free.
The strength of the GMO Free Movement is the strong alliance between independent scientists, local and regional Governments and citizens movements. The conference aims to further strengthen the GMO Free Movement in India and across the world.
We would like to invite you to this conference and be part of this exciting movement for Food Freedom (Anna Swaraj). We do hope you will be able to join us.
With warm regards,
Dr. Vandana Shiva
Founder – Navdanya
Co-Chair, International Commission on the Future of Food