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Nature has given us a cornucopia of biodiversity rich in nutrients. The destruction of our biodiversity has resulted in Malnutrition and nutrient deficiency. As industrial agriculture based on monocultures spread, biodiversity from our farms and food disappeared. It is the destruction of biodiverse rich cultivation and diets that has led to a malnutrition crisis. The Green Revolution in India spread monocultures of chemical rice and wheat, driving out biodiversity from our farms and diets. And what survived as spontaneous crops — like amaranth greens (chaulai) and chenopodium (bathua) that are rich in iron — were sprayed with poisons and herbicides. Instead of cherishing them as iron- and vitamin-rich gifts, these vegetables were treated as “weeds”.
The latest insanity is the controversial projects funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: the development and testing of a biofortified GMO banana developed to boost its iron, Vitamin E and proVitamin A content. The declared purpose is to roll out nutritional benefits across the tropics, but initially to India, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda. (http://sustainablepulse.com/2013/05/02/campaign-launched-to-stop-bill-gates-funded-gmo-bananas/#.VWG8dot5efQ)
“First the GMO industry said they would reduce chemical use through Bt-Ht GMOs that were supposed to control pests and weeds. Chemical use increased, and GMO Bt cotton is plagued by pests, herbicide tolerant crops are being overtaken by super weeds.
The industry is now trying to save itself with the promise of GMO “super bananas” to deal with Vit A deficiency. As Mantasa’s research* has shown, the super banana is based on Biopriracy of Vit A rich indigenous bananas.
We don’t need more false claims of GMOs based on piracy of indigenous biodiversity and knowledge.
The GMO banana project based on biopiracy must stop”.
57,000 signatures Petition
“ISU students recently delivered 57,309 petition signatures to ISU in conjunction with a parallel delivery to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle by AGRA Watch and the Community Alliance for Global Justice.”
10 December 2014
An Open Letter to QUT’s Dr James Dale, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Convention on Biological Diversity
Mantasa, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, October 2014
Events and Actions
15 October 2014
No Gmo Banana at Bhoomi 2014
1st October 2014
1 May 2013
ABC Austraila Interwiew on GMO Banana
By Eric Holt Gimenez – Huffington Post, 17 March 2016
By Vanessa Amaral-Rogers – The Ecologist, 17 February 2016
The Des Moines Register, 17 February 2016
Food First, 11 February 2016
MauiHawaiiTheWorld, 25 October 2015
Babes against Biotech, 24 October 2015
Ames Tribune, 20 September 2015
By Daniel Bateman – The Cairns Post, 28 May 2015
By Dr Vandana Shiva – Common Dreams, 20 May 2015
by Tony Leys – The Des Moines Register, 12 January 2015
Alliance for Food Sovereingty in Africa (AFSA) – 10 December 2014
by Adam Breasley & Oliver Tickell – The Ecologist, 24 November 2014
by Max Goldberg – Living Maxwell, 22 June 2014
The Des Moines Register, 2 August 2014
Sustainable Pulse, 2 May 2013
by Ilya Gridneff – The Global Mail
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