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GMO Biopiracy of Banana – Connecting the dots…
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”.
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In Focus — Events and Actions — Articles
57,000 signatures Petition
When a banana is much more than a banana
“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.”
AFSA Open Letter Opposing Human Feeding Trials Involving GM Banana
10 December 2014
No Gmo Banana Republic – Stop Banana Biopiracy!
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
No GMO Banana Campaign at Iowa State University
Fraley Lecture Opposition – Iowa, USA
15 October 2014
No Gmo Banana at Bhoomi 2014
1st October 2014
Letter to Prime Minister of India – Petition
Navdanya “GMO Banana” Campaign
1 May 2013
ABC Austraila Interwiew on GMO Banana
Yes, We Need No GMO Bananas
By Eric Holt Gimenez – Huffington Post, 17 March 2016
Gates Foundation: stop ‘biopirated’ GMO banana feeding trials
By Vanessa Amaral-Rogers – The Ecologist, 17 February 2016
ISU still plans GMO banana trial, despite controversy
The Des Moines Register, 17 February 2016
Over 57,000 Express Concern with Human Feeding Trials of GMO Bananas
Food First, 11 February 2016
Say No To GMO Bananas in Hawaii & Biopiracy News
MauiHawaiiTheWorld, 25 October 2015
Appeal to stop GMO Banana tests in Hawaii
Babes against Biotech, 24 October 2015
Letter: Jeopardizing ISU student’s health and Uganda’s future?
Ames Tribune, 20 September 2015
Controversy over banana scientist
By Daniel Bateman – The Cairns Post, 28 May 2015
Women and Biodiversity Feed the World, Not Corporations and GMOs
By Dr Vandana Shiva – Common Dreams, 20 May 2015
Amazing Moringa: Medicinal, Edible & Easy to Grow
By Ansel Oommen – Permaculture Magazine, 23 January 2015
US Human Trials of GM Banana for Africa Widely Condemned
Alliance for Food Sovereingty in Africa (AFSA) – 10 December 2014
Why is Bill Gates backing GMO red banana ‘biopiracy’?
by Adam Breasley & Oliver Tickell – The Ecologist, 24 November 2014
GMO-Bananas are Going Into Human Trials – Why This Won’t End Well
by Max Goldberg – Living Maxwell, 22 June 2014
ISU researcher to test altered bananas
The Des Moines Register, 2 August 2014
Campaign Launched to Stop Bill Gates’ Funded GMO Bananas
Sustainable Pulse, 2 May 2013
Feeding the hungry or the greedy?
by Ilya Gridneff – The Global Mail
Would you eat an untested #GMO Banana if you were paid $900? https://t.co/T1vJkmFc7D #NoGMOBanana @drvandanashiva pic.twitter.com/HoOgqEr1EQ
— Seed Freedom (@occupytheseed) March 15, 2016
.@nogmosa: #superbanana we don't need or want you, our bananas are just fine.@occupytheseed @GMOFreeUSA @GMWatch https://t.co/TwZ1hjoENT
— Tambra Raye (@tambraraye) February 16, 2016
"NO" to Human Feeding Trials of GMO Bananas. https://t.co/niSWJAhGqG pic.twitter.com/UIyKRtw1NF
— ACBIO (@_ACBIO) February 12, 2016