Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Hearty Congratulations to Jairam Ramesh on his verdict - NO TO BT BRINJAL

Greetings from My Right to Safe Food

Words cannot express my joy. This is the most wonderful news in a long time, all our back breaking efforts have germinated to fruition.

MoEF report is very elaborate, the transparency displayed by Jairam Ramesh is absolutely commendable and heartening. Truly he has proven to be a Son of this Soil. The annexures uploaded is not just to vindicate his decision but also serves a purpose of highlighting the State Government letters, scientists letters both pro and anti, many research papers, the reactions given by many doctors on biosafety and a special paper on Bt brinjal impact on Ayurveda/siddha. Civil society organisations and citizen letters galore are all there bringing forth what was said by who and how much consensus was there on these issues.

We have Jairam Ramesh to thank for, for passing a wise and just verdict, he certainly makes our nation proud. Millions of us offer our sincere gratitude to him.

For broadcasting this widely and reaching millions, many thanks to the green guardians in the media.

And most of all a HURRAY, BRAVO and warm heartfelt thanks to each and every one's committed efforts from the Coalition for a GM Free India, our farmers and farmer associations, the diverse groups from each States, ethical scientists, concerned doctors and nutritionists, conscious bureaucrats, the CM 's of 14 State's to declare to the Centre on their stand against Bt Brinjal, Spiritual leaders lending support, consumers from all walks, celebrities, our energised youth and faculty throughout our nation and many more....resulting in a moratorium of Bt Brinjal.

Though it is not the end of the issue, we still need to continue in our efforts to ensure a complete Ban of GMO's in India.

Victory is ours

We have the Power to heal our Planet

In solidarity

Sangita Sharma


The PIB press release.


Decision on Commercialisation of Bt Brinjal

9th Feb 2010 - 18:22 IST

Following a series of nationwide consultations, the Minister for Environment and Forests (I/C) today announced his decision on the production and use of BT Brinjal. He also made public a copy of his exhaustive report which relies on inputs received from stakeholders from all across the spectrum of scientists, civil society, academics, Chief Ministers of various states and others concerned. Following is an excerpt from the statement issued today:

“Based on all the information presented in the preceding paragraphs and when there is no clear consensus within the scientific community itself, when there is so much opposition from the state governments, when responsible civil society organisations and eminent scientists have raised many serious questions that have not been answered satisfactorily, when the public sentiment is negative and when Bt-brinjal will be the very first genetically-modified vegetable to be introduced anywhere in the world and when there is no over-riding urgency to introduce it here, it is my duty to adopt a cautious, precautionary principle-based approach and impose a moratorium on the release of Bt-brinjal, till such time independent scientific studies establish, to the satisfaction of both the public and professionals, the safety of the product from the point of view of its long-term impact on human health and environment, including the rich genetic wealth existing in brinjal in our country.

A moratorium implies rejection of this particular case of release for the time being; it does not, in any way, mean conditional acceptance. This should be clearly understood.”

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