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Stop Bt Brinjal trials at earliest: SJM writes PM Modi

Updated: September 14, 2020 12:58 pm
RSS affiliate Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) writes letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to halt Bt Brinjal trials calling it against national interest.
 “We at Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) are writing this letter to bring to your notice recent disturbing news of Regulators in the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change in their last meeting of Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) have allowed the penultimate stage of field trials called BRL II trials for Bt brinjal Event 142. They have asked six states to make way for trails of this controversial technology. We are seeking your personal intervention to halt these trials at earliest,” SJM writes.
Writing further it says, “ These clearances have been given mischievously to defeat the Atamnirbhar Abhiyan or Self Reliance campaign initiated by you to cut down dependence on the foreign players, but also to evolve world class eco-system to develop cutting edge products, for domestic consumption and also for exports. This Bt brinjal also, like in the case of Mahyco’s Bt brinjal on which an indefinite moratorium was imposed in February 2010, is a completely unneeded technology. Pest management in brinjal is possible without the use of Bt or synthetic pesticides and scientific evidence exists of the same. In fact, the yield and production of brinjal in India increased after the moratorium on Bt brinjal which clearly shows that this technology is not needed.”
“We humbly submit that we are not in shortage of brinjal, neither in quality nor in quantity. Plus since brinjal is indigenous crop of the subcontinent, maximum variety is available in this part of the world. There is no point in taking this uncalculated risk. Moreover, the experience in 18 years of BT Cotton helps us understand that the MNCs dealing in the GM crops coax seed companies and farmers to buy their seed, instead of developing their own variant. With this, these MNCs not only monopolise the market, but dictate the price. Experience shows that Monsanto Company fleeced farmers to the extent of rupees 8000 crores, before your government decided to bring down the trait fee on Bt Cotton seed to zero and saving farmers from hardships. Apart from this, this also puts country’s food security in a risk,” it has added.

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