Joint Statement Issued Against GM Mustard in Hyderabad



Hyderabad, August 13, 2016


A Round Table meeting of citizens’ groups including major farmer unions and scientists, held on the subject of GM crops in general and GM mustard in particular demanded that the state governments of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh write to the Centre cautioning the Government of India against approving any GM food crops like GM mustard in India.


Given that mustard is widely used in all cuisines across India, they expressed their objection against any moves by the Centre to approve transgenic mustard, that too in the name of yield improvements, given the fact that many alternatives to GM mustard exist for yield improvements. This includes the fact that non-GM hybrids are available for farmers in the market, in addition to agronomic innovations like System of Mustard Intensification. The participants of the Round Table also noted that solid evidence has been presented by people’s movements already on the fact that the testing of this GM mustard was deliberately misleading and unscientific, in addition to being incomplete and secretive.


Scientists expressed their alarm that the Centre is processing a GM application that chose not to reveal the fact that the GMOs in question are herbicide tolerant (HT) crops. This will increase chemical usage in our farming in addition to displacing poor agricultural labourers from their employment. This has direct implications for all consumers with greater toxic residues in our food. This is all the more shocking given that the matter is sub-judice in the Supreme Court of India.


Participants reminded the state government that unless the state asserts its Constitutional authority over the state’s agriculture, it will not be able to protect its citizens and the environment from the hazards of GM crops.


They also asserted that the enormous push for the Genetically Modified crops is coming from Multinational Corporations and big seed companies which want to control the seed system. The Central and State governments should not bow to this pressure, and any attempts to compromise the seed sovereignty of our farmers will be strongly opposed by the farmer unions and people of India.


They urged the Chief Ministers of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to make special efforts to intervene on this matter on a priority basis, as mustard sowing season was fast approaching and the central regulators could take a decision on the matter any day soon.


They also warned the state and central governments that they will step up their resistance if unwanted, unneeded and unsafe GMOs are thrust upon citizens of this country.


Contact: Kavitha Kuruganti: 88800 67772; Dr.Ramanjaneyulu: 9000699702; Kirankumar Vissa: 9701705743; Sridhar Reddy: 9866381090; Achutha Rama Rao: 9493965699



Joint statement issued by:

Kavitha Kuruganti Coalition for GM-Free India, ASHA-Kisan Swaraj
Dr.G.V.Ramanjaneyulu Agricultural Scientist, Rythu Swarajya Vedika
Kodand Reddy Congress Kisan Cell, State President
Anvesh Reddy Congress Kisan Cell, State Vice President
Vadde Sobhanadreeswara Rao Former Agriculture Minister, A.P.
Sridhar Reddy Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, State Secretary
Achutha Ramarao All India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha, State Secretary
S.Malla Reddy All India Kisan Sabha, national Vice President
Dr. Veena Shatrughna National Institute of Nutrition (Retd. Deputy Director)
Prof. A. Prasada Rao Retd. Professor ANGRAU, Telangana Rythu Sangham
Prof. B.N.Reddy Jana Vigyana Vedika
E.A.S. Sarma Former Union Secretary, Govt. of India
Dr. Rukmini Rao Rythu Swarajya Vedika convenor
Gurijala Ravinder Telangana Vidyavantula Vedika, State President
S.Jeevan Kumar Human Rights Forum, President
Sadineni Venkateswarlu CPI(ML) New Democracy, State Secy.
M.Srinivas IFTU Gen. Secy.
Chandana Chakrabarti Social Activist, The March
Prof. E.Revathi Professor, Centre for Economic and Social Studies
Dr. Salome Yesudas Nutritionist
Telikapalli Ravi Senior Journalist
N. Venugopal Veekshanam editor
Ashalatha Mahila Kisan Adhikar Manch, Rythu Swarajya Vedika
P. Shankar Dalit Bahujan Front
K. Sajaya Caring Citizens Collective
Ashok Organic Farming Expert
Usha Seethalakshmi Mahila Kisan Adhikar Manch, Rythu Swarajya Vedika
Kirankumar Vissa Rythu Swarajya Vedika
Ravi Kanneganti Editor, Tolakari
P. Venu Kumar Swaraj Abhiyan
K. Srihari Swaraj Abhiyan
Prof. Adinarayana Jana Vigyana Vedika
Meera Raghavendra WINS, Mahila Kisan Adhikar Manch
Kaajal Hyderabad Rising
Padma Eco-Synergy
Chakradhar Samalochana
Sriharsha Thanneeru Open Food Network
Naveen Ramisetti Rythu Swarajya Vedika
Dr. G. Chandrasekhar Agricultural Scientist
B. Kondal Rythu Swarajya Vedika
Rajesh Azaad Rythu Swarajya Vedika
Ramana Akula Rythu Swarajya Vedika
Akshay Rythu Swarajya Vedika


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