With GMOs and
While their greatest success has been in their home-country the US, resistance there is stiffening thanks to greater awareness. So much so, a US investment company has asked
The demand was made much earlier, but
Harrington sought full information, ”from the cost of anti-GMO labeling campaigns to the devastating fallout of crop contamination hitting farmers around the world.“
”Monsanto increasingly keeps stakeholders in the dark, about the true financial risks of GMOs,“ said
”While more than half of the U.S. states are trying to prepare labeling laws,
Add to that the hundreds of millions spent in legal fees chasing after small farmers whose land is unwillingly contaminated with
Harrington pointed out that GMO products were currently banned or restricted in over 60 countries. ”US wheat sales to
”We have farmers heading to the
The government forgets that it is not the primary job of the state to blindly adopt foreign technology just because it is a technology, on the assumption that if it is foreign, it must be superior. The recent history of technology is replete with good developments as well as disastrous ones that have harmed people and health, the environment and entire economies.
In several decades of scientific agricultural research, our various institutions have tended to focus on what benefits large-scale agro-businesses, rather than hands-on smallholders who constitute the majority and who mainly provide for the domestic economy. As citizens, they too have rights.
Unlike elsewhere, there’s not a single institution devoting its exclusive attention to smallholder and chemical/GM-free organic farming which has become an urgency to restore soils and biodiversity destroyed by chemicals and other undesirable `industrial’ practices, a call that FAO/UN and other international organizations keep reiterating. The only ones promoting it are NGOs but their outreach is limited.
Meanwhile, South Asian neighbours have simultaneously advanced non-chemical, non-GMO organic research and practices and produced encyclopedias of knowledge reviving better and profitable alternatives.
What is of serious concern is that the 2006 agreement that
Delta Pineland was soon after acquired by
What however is known from documents that have emerged, is that the agreement was executed by transferring unapproved local cotton seed varieties. This showed severe disregard for regulatory requirements. Just as bad, no risk assessment or environmental impact assessment whatsoever was done by NIBGE while signing this agreement.
Now efforts are being made to get approval for more Bt cottonseed varieties at the federal level via the National Bio-safety Centre (NBC) and the
Like the proverbial camel outside the tent inching inwards in cumulative steps before taking over the whole tent in a strategy that
Towards this end, local companies are pushing for Bt Cotton approval, while multinationals like
Although such approvals are now a provincial issue since the 18th amendment,
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