BKS to meet MPs of all parties against GM food crops
Talking to The Indian Express after a two-day seminar on “GM Crops and Food Security” that concluded at the Gujarat Vidyapith here on Friday, BKS general secretary Mohini Mohan Mishra demanded a biosafety bill to be passed to ensure that the food made available to the people did not harm their health.
BKS is organising such seminar all over the country to bring pressure on the Centre not to allow GM food crops which they claim would destroy the local varieties and bring agriculture under control of overseas corporates.
Saying that problem in India was not that of production but storage and distribution, he said while India required 87 million tonnes of grains annually for its consumption, it produced 257 million tonnes every year. But the country, he said, had 46 per cent storage capacity and needed Rs 8,000 crore to create storage facilities for the rest of production and it could easily be made available by the Centre whose annual budget was more than Rs 15 lakh crore.
He alleged that GM was nothing but a conspiracy of the multinationals to take control over country’s agriculture and make easy money.
Earlier, speaking at the seminar, biotechnology expert Suman Sahay representing “Gene Campaign”
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