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India bans cultivation of Bt brinjal
Feb 10, 2010 The decision to put a moratorium on the cultivation of Bt brinjal has been hailed by experts and activists. Concerns about possible health hazards of genetically modified brinjal and rapid contamination of natural brinjal varieties through cross-pollination were voiced at public hearings in seven cities across the country.
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Noted Indian environmentalist claims GM crops 'suicidal'
Mar 16, 2010 Vandana Shiva, activist and environmentalist claims the adoption of genetically modified crops would be suicidal in terms of climate change. She stresses that it would put small farmers at greater financial risk, rather than securing their farms and addressing food insecurity.
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Suicides continue alongside intense GM debate
May 25, 2010 On the issue of Genetically Modified seeds, grounds remain divided as critics accuse GM cotton seeds of spiraling farming costs while supporters praise them for higher productivity. However, the rising number of farmer suicides in Vidarbha calls for immediate attention.
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Superweeds, superpests and superprofits
Sep 23, 2011 New research by Navdanya and the US Union of Concerned Scientists has shown that genetically engineered crops haven't increased yields, writes environmentalist Vandana Shiva. Even worse is the damage to public health, ecosystems and farmer's independence.
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Greenpeace welcomes China's move to keep GM food at bay
Feb 24, 2012 The Chinese State Council has released the draft proposal of a grain law that establishes legislation restricting research, field trials, production, sale, import and export of genetically engineered grain seeds. The draft stipulates that no organisation or person can employ GE technology in any major food crops in China.
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Anti-GM group backs claims with scientific evidence
Apr 01, 2013 The coalition for a GM Free India has released a compilation of research papers as evidence of the adverse impacts of genetically modified crops.
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India initiates trials for GM corn and mustard
Mar 19, 2013 While GM cotton has been put to commercial use, another 17 crops have been approved for trials.
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Agri-innovations key to food security in India
Nov 15, 2009 In view of global food insecurity, use of biotechnology and innovations in agriculture can improve yields and provide relief to the farmers, say experts. At a workshop in India’s capital, the need for a new Green Revolution has been strongly recommended.
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GM food aid for Africa raises concerns
Oct 19, 2011 African countries have refused to accept genetically modified food aid demanding biosafety risk assessments before importing such food. They fear that GM food could transmit toxic proteins and allergens to the human body.
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GM crops stimulate food insecurity, says report
Oct 21, 2011 Genetically modified crops have failed to increase yields and have instead boosted use of synthetic pesticides, reveals an NGO report. Despite huge investments, GM crops have only stimulated global hunger by 'epic proportions', the report claims.
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Bangladesh: Farmers use bio-fortification to boost nutri-food production
Mar 09, 2011 Farmers are increasingly using the process of bio-fortification to increase the nutritional value of rice harvests in Bangladesh. Through this process, they have adopted selective breeding of rice plants fortified with high-zinc content which has an inherent quality to control abnormalities like stunting, poor immune response and pregnancy complications.
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No field trial of GM Crops without state's nod: Jairam Ramesh
Mar 11, 2011 Environment Minister of India Jairam Ramesh said all field trials of genetically modified (GM) crops will be stopped if chief ministers ask the Ministry to stop such experiments in their states. A committee under Environment Ministry had earlier allowed US-based firm Monsanto to conduct field trials of Bt maize in Bihar which Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar had opposed.
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Monsanto accused of flouting bio-safety norms
Jul 05, 2011 Greenpeace India has accused global seed giant Monsanto of violating bio-safety rules during field trials of GM corn in Southern India. It has demanded an immediate ban on all field experiments of GM crops in the country.
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Indian probe finds Monsanto guilty of bio-piracy
Aug 10, 2011 The National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) of India has found global biotechnology giant Monsanto guilty of flouting biodiversity norms. It has accused Monsanto and its Indian partners of engaging in bio-piracy while developing Bt brinjal.
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For a healthy future, turn an old leaf
May 02, 2012 From Pitanga to Quinoa, a new multi-nation project has taken off to revive long-forgotten traditional foods to address the growing global concerns over health and nutrition.
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Ecuador's new GM laws 'could allow suicide seeds'
May 27, 2009 Though Ecuador has been importing genetically modified soybeans and corn for food processing for more than a decade, it has not allowed the cultivation of such crops. Critics say President Rafael Correa’s recent proposal for modification in the legislation will make poor farmers dependent on big companies for seeds.
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GM research needed to avoid food crisis
Oct 28, 2009 Genetically modified techniques will help crops survive harsher climates, as populations grow and global warming worsens, says a report by Royal Society. Critics says that the report’s focus on GM crops ignores mounting evidence that this technology is destroying communities and making climate change worse.
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Norway reveals plan to secure rural livelihoods
Feb 16, 2010 Norway has said ‘no’ to genetically modified seeds and has discouraged corporate participation in agriculture. The agriculture minister in an interactive session with media in India yesterday pointed out that improving national food production is key to global food security.
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Government panel approves Bt brinjal in India
Oct 15, 2009 Amidst much controversy and protests, the genetically modified Bt brinjal has been cleared by a government panel for commercial cultivation. Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, however, has said that the government is yet to take a final call on the recommendation.
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Former Indian minister seeks freeze on GM crops
Oct 21, 2009 India’s former health minister in a letter to the Prime Minister has asked the government to put a 10-year moratorium on the environmental release of all GM crops. He has also opposed any commercial release of Bt Brinjal.
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Spinning death for children
Sep 23, 2009 This year nine workers including minors have fallen prey to snakebites and pesticide inhalation in the Bt cotton fields of Gujarat in western India. Shobhita Naithani investigates the unabated practice of child labour amidst corruption and absence of legal action.
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From farmers to policymakers: The road to sustainability
Feb 20, 2010 Last week, Dr. Rukmini Rao spoke as a representative of India's civil society at the People’s Mid Term Appraisal of the Eleventh Five-Year Plan (PMTA). Her thought provoking presentation provided the audience with an understanding of sustainability issues and a reason to believe in the power of collectivising farmer, policymaker and civil society knowledge.
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