Dr. Weeks’ Comment: Health begins with healthy nutrition and clean water – both increasingly rare in many parts of the world. Enter genetically modified organisms (GMOs) which are increasingly being refused by the farmers of the world. The hit movie GMO OMG (2013) reveals how GMO seeds were burned by farmers in Haiti who knew it would impoverish them and pollute their land and food chain. Now thousands of farmers in India are standing up and refusing GMO seeds. Why does America permit foods which Europe and Russia and many countries consider unfit for human consumption? These countries have banned GMOs.
“The government is exhibiting its pro-industry stance by pushing for unneeded, unwanted and unsafe GMOs in our farming”
by CHRISTINA SARICH MAY 4, 2015
Some have said that India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, arrived at the nation’s pro-GMO position with the help of generous campaign funding from a GMO lobby, but that hasn’t stopped thousands of Indian farmers from demonstrating against Monsanto and their biotech cronies in a massive grassroots movement that shuns anti-farmer practices and genetically modified crop farming.
Shri Rakesh Tikait, National Spokesperson for the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) explains:
“The government is exhibiting its pro-industry stance by pushing for unneeded, unwanted and unsafe GMOs in our farming. We want all open air field trials of GM crops stopped immediately in the country since such open air trials pose not only a risk of contamination but also risk of trade rejection. Further, any moves towards trade liberalization in agriculture whether through the WTO route or through free trade agreements are unacceptable to us.”
The farmers recently organized and occupied the streets in a Kisan Maha Panchayat (farmer meeting) in Delhi, India, in protest at the Modi government’s anti-farmer policies.
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