Farmers Stir against GM Food in India


Patna. Nov 22: 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.

After a well attended meeting at the Science Centre, Tarumitra students joined them on a rally to Gandhi Maidan and then a trip to Tarumitra Bio-reserve nine kilometres away in Digha.

Trudging thousands of kilometers, the Farmers' Rally arrive at Tarumitra Bio-reserve

Over 400 students assembled at the Bio-reserve to welcome the group. Students standing both sides of the road, clapped and cheered the rally of farmers as they arrived in the Tarumitra forest. The farmers briefed the students on their extensive negative experience of Terminator Genes and GM crops in the country. One farmer specially told that his peer-group of farmers of Gujarat plant GM cotton lavishly while it was banned in the whole country!

After a short introduction to Tarumitra, the students invited them for an “Eco-lunch” specially prepared at Tarumitra. Patna. Ms Margaret who is trained in Japan in organic farming, prepared the eco-lunch, spoke to the farmers that the lunch consisted of home grown rice-gruel blended with a wide variety of herbs from the forest. Special chutneys and salads added colour and spice to the meal.

All commended on the sense of accord and good will that permeated the atmosphere.
The local organizer from Patna, Pankaj Bhushan said that he was very touched by the interest taken up by the younger generation in agricultural troubles.

Present also were Maria Winiger and J.K Setty from Caritas Switzerland, Rajesh Kumar, Chiranjeev, D. N Prasad, Arunava Datta and Fr. Robert Athickal

Students listened to the farmers inside the eco-friendly hall of the Bioreserve!

Students from different schools and colleges joined to cheer off the rally to the capital city, Delhi

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2 Responses to Farmers Stir against GM Food in India

  1. Swapana Singh says:

    Just wondering if the Farmers are right in their concern that GM Food is coming into the markets. Does anybody have a definite information on the same from anywhere in India?
    Or is it just a fear exaggerated by some vested interests?

    Just a query who visit this page?

    • pratap says:

      gm crops are not good at all if we talk about food security and sustainable inclusive development. it is entirely market driven to fool the innocent farmers. being a research scholar and having a through analysis and understanding of soil biotic interaction, it is best to produce organically using age old traditional method which can give independence as well as improved fertility of the field. believe it or not, dont get befooled by government or market, soil is productive just because of its evolutionarily developed efficient microscale interaction, which are drastically disturbed using modern fertillizer pesticide based agriculture. turn back, do traditional agriculture…
      and adopt various enterprises together to ensure stability in era of climatic unstability… u can plant trees on borders of the field as well as do agroforestry.

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