We support a moratorium on the planting of crops derived from genetically modified organisms (GMO), pending environmental and human safety studies. Until such time as this technology is proven safe, all foods containing GMO ingredients should be clearly LABELED.
Sustainable agriculture, food security and food safety are more urgent goals than ever as we enter the new millennium. In the developing countries the agricultural sector has multiple roles: to help ensure food security, anchor rural development, provide resources for the livelihood and adequate incomes of a majority of people and to do this without destroying the ecological base. There are thus two inextricably linked components, social and environmental, to agricultural sustainability.
What if the agricultural revolution has already happened and we didn’t realize it? Essentially, that’s the idea in this report from the Guardian about a group of poverty-stricken Indian rice and potato farmers who harvested confirmed world-record yields of rice and potatoes. Best of all: They did it completely sans-GMOs or even chemicals of any kind.
Large number of students and activists turned up to welcome a group of 40 ordinary farmers who started Kisan Swaraj Yatra “ Rally for Farmer’s Independence” from Gandhiji’s Ashram in Gujarat on Oct 2. Traveling through the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamilnadu, Andhra Praddesh, Orissa, Bengal and Jharkhand, they arrived in the city last night. The rally aimed at spreading awareness on the growing inflow of genetically modified (GM)food into the country along with deadly pesticides from abroad. It may be mentioned that GM seeds have a total ban in the European Union.