|International Vegetarian Union (IVU)|
GENETIC ENGINEERING: FRIEND OR FOE?
Why are some countries banning Genetic engineering while others see it as the answer to world hunger.
Genetic Engineering is devastating the world's farmers, including those in India. Who from A the beginning of time have saved their own seeds to ensure future crops and as GMOS take over the world farmers are prohibited from doing so.
Additionally, these altered seeds, crops, and "Franken-foods" are taking over our food supply and making human guinea pigs out of the populace who unknowingly consume these untested, unlabeled foods.
A number of countries have refused to bow down to the corporate bullies who are trying to the world to force the world to become beholden to a few gigantic suppliers of these seeds.
Ms Shiva released an updated version of Navadanya's study estimating more than 40,000 cases of farmers suicides. She said, "Suicides" are noticed in belts where farmers grow hybrid seeds and genetically modified seeds and cannot save these seeds for the next season. These suicides are nothing, but genocides."
(Dr)Chaudhary [executive chairman of India's leading farmers' organisation, Bharat Krishak - BKS - which has some 5 million farmer members] and Ms Shiva announced that they would undertake Bija Yatra-Asha Yatra (march to save seeds) in the suicide belts of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka from May 10 this year. Farmer groups lash out at govt policies. Ashok B Sharma Financial Express, May 9, 2006
NEW DELHI. May 8 : Taking the cue from Congress president Sonia Gandhi cautioning Prime Minister Manmohan Singh not to rush headlong with signing of free trade agreements (FTAs), the farmers and civil society organisations on Monday lashed out at unilateral liberalisation policy of government aimed at greater involvement of corporate houses.
They said that the government policies of the day are no longer based on ensuring food security and farmers livelihood, but are dictated by WTO, World Bank, IMF and USDA, and are best suited to serve the interests of corporate houses and multinationals.
Mr. Chaudhary said, " It is shame on the part of the government
to take the pretext of rising domestic prices of wheat to make a case
for imports : 'There is enough stock in the country, with a wheat production
of 72 million tonne in 2005, and expected 73.1 million tonne, this year.
In the current season, the area under wheat has increased by 4 lakh hectare."
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