Press Release : Illegal GMO imports and planting of Roundup Resistant Bt Cotton, serious threat to our legal framework, our farmers livelihoods, public health and democracy
Dr Vandana Shiva and Dr Mohini Giri have written a letter to the Prime Minister of India (here below) addressing the following issues:
- illegal imports of GMO’s into our country
- illegal planting of Roundup Ready Bt Cotton in India . On 30th of November 2011 Dr Vandana Shiva had written to Dr Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change to investigate Bt Cotton for criminal fraud.
- Unnecessary imports of Roundup laced pulses and oil seeds which are economically hurting farmers and threatening public health
They have drawn attention to a recent case of August 10th, where the jury ruled that Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller had caused Dewayne Johnson’s cancer. Johnson a 46-year-old former groundskeeper used to spray Roundup to maintain the grounds . The jury ordered Monsanto to pay $289m to the victim.
8000 more cases have been filed in the USA by cancer victims
They have called on the Prime Minister to take immediate action to ban the illegal GMO import, illegal Round up Ready planting, they have also called on the PM to stop unnecessary imports and support Indian farmers and strengthen India’s Sovereignty ( Anna Swaraj) and public health.
The Anna Swaraj movement across the country is engaged in a bottom up process to prepare a People’s Manifesto for the Future of Food and Farming in India that will be released on 16th of October World Food Day as a people’s voice for 2019 National Elections.
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