Sunday, 8 January 2012

Madhya Pradesh minister bans 'non-veg' GM seeds

Thanks to Priti Vardhana Prabhu for this news.

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*Madhya Pradesh minister bans 'non-veg' GM seeds*

BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh government has banned genetically modified (GM)
seeds in the state with agriculture minister Ramkrishna Kusmariya saying
that scientifically re-engineered food grain and vegetables will become
"non-vegetarian" and "end" Indian culture.

The same minister had blamed crop destruction because of heavy winter rains
three months ago on the "sins of the farmers".

Kusmariya told reporters in Damoh on Thursday that his department won't
permit use of GM seeds in the state because "use of GM seeds would make
every grain and vegetable non-vegetarian and end our vegetarian culture". He
claimed that "nothing will remain vegetarian if genes and bacteria are
infused in the DNA of grains and vegetables".

Ramkrishna Kusmariya had protested to environment minister Jairam Ramesh
that GM experiments were being carried out in the state despite a ban,
without the government's knowledge.

MP had banned GM seeds which would take away farmers' right to grow crops of
their choice, he said in a letter sent to Ramesh earlier this week. Citing
experiments in growing corn with GM seeds in Jabalpur, Kusmariya claimed
that the Genetical Engineering Approval Committee under MoEF was conducting
these tests which could contaminate and harm non-GM seed crop in the area.

Source - TOI

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