Reacting to a recent media conference addressed by a group of scientists from National Bureau of Plant Genetic resources (NBPGR) and Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company (MAHYCO) to promote transgenic crops, the farmers unions and several social groups have urged the Punjab government not to fall into the trap laid by agri-business corporations.
These farmer unions and social groups include Kheti Virasat Mission (KVM), Environmental Health Action Group, Indian Doctors for Peace and Development, Bharat Jan-Vigyan Jatha and eminent individuals such as Daljit Singh , an eye surgeon; Inderjeet Kaur of Pingalwara, Amritsar; and GPI Singh, vice-chancellor, Adesh University.
These groups and individuals called the speakers at the conference as unscientific and challenged their fallacious arguments around Genetically Modified (GM) crops being the future of Indian agriculture.
"It is high time they realised that a sustainable future lies anywhere but in GM crops. Taxpayers' funds being used to unscientifically promote GMOs at the behest of the agriculture minister will not hoodwink the nation, when so much scientific evidence is emerging on a near-daily-basis on the adverse effects of GMOs," said Umendra Dutt of KVM.
He cited a compilation of scientific studies brought out recently of hundreds of studies, which show that GMOs in the food and farming systems are unsafe and risky.