A scientific report from argentina found a fourfold

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A scientific report from Argentina found a fourfold increase in birth defects and a threefold increase in childhood cancers in HT soya areas. A herbicide-tolerant crop promotes constant exposure to a single herbicide which eventually results in weeds becoming resistant. Over 20 species of weeds in the U.S. are now resistant to Monsanto‟s glyphosate -based herbicide. As desperate farmers tried to control these “superweeds”, there was a tenfold increase in use of glyphosate in 16 years. Glyphosate has been declared to be a “probable human carcinogen” by the World Health Organisation. The glufosinate-based herbicide to which the proposed GM mustard is tolerant will also have adverse impacts on health. Shockingly, the GEAC has conveniently omitted to have any herbicide-related studies. A small committee was constituted to “examine” the safety dossier — the tests that were done and the deliberations of GEAC were shrouded in secrecy. After a scathing order from the Central Information Commission, the GEAC made a sham of public consultations, through an opaque and perfunctory eyewash process. Swadeshi GM: An unacceptable marketing trick, that of promotion of a “swadeshi” GM, is being used to break down resistance to GM crops in India‟s vast market, ignoring that safety concerns a re the same swadeshi GM or not. The GEAC had itself rejected a similar HT GM mustard proposal by Bayer in 2002. The same reasons apply now. Benefiting multinationals A recent report by the United Nation‟s Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, sums u p the end game when it says: “Recent mergers have resulted in just three powerful corporations: Monsanto and Bayer, Dow and Dupont, and Syngenta and ChemChina. They control more than 65 per cent of global pesticide sales. Serious conflicts of interest issues arise, as they also control almost 61 per cent of commercial seed sales. The pesticide industry‟s efforts to influence policymakers and regulators have obstructed reforms and paralysed global pesticide restrictions globally.” Their business model ensures that no matter who produces a GM seed, they profit Conclusion: The main advantage trotted out in favour of GM mustard is increased yield there is sufficient evidence that this claim is a myth. As against this alleged advantage, there are formidable social, economic and environmental reasons which cry out against GM mustard examination of these has been hardly done by the GEAC.
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16 | Page 9004418746 [email protected] 26 th MAY 2017 QUESTION BANK (1 Question) Answer questions in NOT MORE than 200 words each. Content of the answer is more important than its length. Links are provided for reference. You can also use the Internet fruitfully to further enhance and strengthen your answers.
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