The Gujarat baloon has been punctured.
I conduct maintain heard fourth dimension as well as 1 time again that Gujarat had a wonderful sense alongside Bt cotton fiber as well as thus would throw a ruddy rug for Bt brinjal. I conduct maintain ever idea that farmers preference for Bt cotton fiber was genuinely at the behest of a favourable weather condition that nosotros witnessed for the past times 4 to 5 years. Cotton yields, whether of Bt multifariousness or non-Bt, were high across the spectrum because the weather condition was non conducive to the increment of the dreaded bollworm pest.
Nevertheless, nosotros volition beak almost it later. But outset allow us run across what transpired at the third National Consultation on Bt brinjal held at Ahmedabad on January 19. Contrary to all expectations (of the seed industry), Ahmedabad turned out inward big numbers as well as said a loud NO to Bt brinjal. I am told unopen to 74 per cent of the people who were given a run a peril to vocalism their opinion, said No to Bt brinjal.
Interestingly, the honeymoon alongside farmers is also getting over. A bulk of the farmers were against Bt brinjal. Eighteen farmers oppposed Bt brinjal, where every bit 12 said they favoured the technology.
So, inward all the 3 National Consultations then far — held at Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar as well as Ahmedabad — people conduct maintain expressed their opposition to the harmful technology.
Knowing that the people conduct maintain rejected the technology, the GM manufacture is immediately shifting the focus to the course of study of people alongside whom they hobnob as well as plainly are to a greater extent than comfortable with. Yes, y’all guessed it right. These are the ministers as well as the bureaucrats, who look to conduct maintain launched an orchestrated campaign vouching for the security of Bt brinjal.
I am surprised at the argument of the Science & Technology Minister Prithviraj Chavan. He was quoted inward The Hindu inward a New Delhi dateline written report (Jan 18): Even every bit the scrap over the unloose of Bt Brinjal for commercial tillage continues unabated, Union Science as well as Technology Minister, Prithviraj Chavan on Tuesday asserted that the genetically modified multifariousness of the pop vegetable was “safe’’.
“We stand upward past times the results of the trials done past times the regulatory bodies. It is security for all’’, he said, replying to a volley of questions over the contestation at an interaction alongside journalists here.
This is inward clear contradication to what his colleague, Minister for Environment & Forests Jairam Ramesh, has to say about the security facial expression of Bt brinjal. A written report published inward Indian Express, datelined Ahmedabad (Jan 20), states: Admitting that all the environmental as well as bio-safety tests on Bt Brinjal inward the province were done at somebody laboratories, Minister for Environment as well as Forests Jairam Ramesh said hither on Tuesday that he had taken upward the number of setting upward a full-fledged laboratory alongside the Centre.
How tin dismiss Mr Chavan “stand by” the results of the trial done past times the regulatory trunk (read GEAC), when these trials conduct maintain genuinely been done inward somebody labs.
The others to bring together the safety chorus are the Secretary of Department of Biotechnology, M K Bhan; as well as Samir Brahamchari, Director General of the Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR). While I tin dismiss sympathize the compulsions of Mr Bhan, whose mandate is to promote GM crops/research, why has the CSIR DG stood upward inward favour of the GM technology, I neglect to comprehend. It alone tells us almost the accomplish of the somebody GM companies, as well as the mightiness they yield.
I intend Mr Brahamchari should pass fourth dimension to resurrect his ain organisation, which I sympathize has reached belike its lowest ebb inward recent years. CSIR has failed to choose scientific discipline as well as engineering scientific discipline to the produce goodness of rural India. It needs to focus on developing simple, inexpensive as well as appropriate engineering scientific discipline for rural population rather than pass fourth dimension as well as coin replicating what the somebody manufacture is doing inward biotechnology.
Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 tidings written report quotes both of them, as well as I part the relevant portions alongside you:
Thirty best scientists conduct maintain cleared it as well as nosotros stand upward past times it. I am a wellness professional person as well as allow me say that BT Brinjal is absolutely security for all mammals,” said M.K. Bhan, secretarial assistant inward the subdivision biotechnology.
“It’s security for the human trunk as well as it’s safer technology,” Bhan added.
This is the outset fourth dimension a ministry building has openly supported the genetically modified production despite protests across the country.
“I don’t know whether people volition similar the sense of savor or non simply it is security for all humans. Let me also say that adopting this engineering scientific discipline volition assist thousands of farmers,” said Samir Bramhachari, primary of the Council for Scientific as well as Industrial Research, the apex trunk of government-run enquiry institutions.
The amount written report tin dismiss hold out seen at : http://blog.taragana.com/health/2010/01/19/bt-brinjal-safe-for-humans-says-science-ministry-18435/
Needless to say, both the statements are factually wrong. And it is primarily for this argue that I conduct maintain been demanding accountability inward science. We must realise that scientists are no longer holy cows. They are easily influenced, as well as conduct maintain made several faulty recommendations inward the past. It is the mutual people who are left to suffer.
We cannot allow this anymore. Each human life is precious. The fourth dimension has come upward when we require to choose inward rigid provisions ensuring accountability inward science.