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Online petition against GM crops

The Statesman, New Delhi, 9th April, 2013

Volunteers of Greenpeace today submitted an online petition against genetically modified (GM) crops after Greenpeace India conducted a nation-wide online poll in which the environmental NGO found that 97 per cent people surveyed felt that GM crops were not the answer for food security.

According to a Greenpeace Report, ‘GM Crops: No Panacea for Food Security’, the parliamentary standing committee on agriculture and the Supreme Court appointed technical expert committee have questioned the regulatory mechanism in India and have suggested that it is inefficient and insufficient.

“Given the controversial nature of the technology and the lack of regulatory structure in the country to assess this technology, India should be taking a precautionary approach to GM crops. Instead the minister of agriculture is promoting GM crops under the fallacious argument that it is needed to feed the starving billions in this country,” said Neha Saigal, Campaigner, Sustainable Agriculture, Greenpeace India.

 The Greenpeace Report also said that the mindless promotion of GM crops by the agriculture minister had recently received sharp criticism from the environment ministry as well.