Re: Genetically Modified (GM) Bt Brinjal and Bt Cotton Protest
Dear Mr. Padhi,
I agree with Abhishek's view. We must protest the unmindful opposition of GM crops, which were grown in more than 114 million ha area (in 2007) worldwide in the developed as well as developing countries. Some of the NGOs are opposing GM crops by taking advantage of ignorance of general public and they are creating 'SPECULATIVE FEAR'. Over the last five years, India's cotton productivity has increased 2.5 times (191 kg/ha in 2002-03 to 523 kg/ha in 2007-08) which is testimony of the advantage of adoption of GM crops. Of course, we should pay adequate attention to the bioafetys norms set by the Ministry of Envoronment & Forest, Govt. of India. Let the farmers make an informed choice. We should tell them the advantages as well as disadvantages both.
I take a neutral stance in terms of whether GM food is good or bad for us.
I am sure there are arguments for and against and one will never know the truth.
Is Genetically modified tobacco worse than Genetically "unmodified " tobacco ??
It is too complex an issue even for scientists to figure out with volumes of arguments for and against. As far as common lay man is concerned they will only take political stance rather than scientific analysis. I am sure like any rally and protests the people in the protest will be paid for to join the day out.
Here are some links to check out and I am sure you will still be confused and take a stance people are taking around you and me rather than independant scientific stance.
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