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          Dr. vanDana shiva Calls move                                           livelihoods  and  pushes  them   market for their toxic chemicals   stopped in India.
                                                                                                                                    The  government  should
                                                                                                         and  GMO  seeds,  the  cartel
                                                                                 towards extreme steps. Simply
          ‘frauD perpetrateD on nation’                                          speaking, GM mustard equals   sees India as a huge source of   offer  farmers  a  support  price
                                                                                                                                 for  indigenous  oilseeds  in
                                                                                 farmers  suicides  in  Rajasthan
                                                                                                         profit.
                                                                                 and  other  mustard  growing
                                                                                                            In  addition,  at  this  point,
                                                                                                                                 dependence on edible oils such
                                                                                 states.                 when large parts of the world   order  to  reverse  the  import
                                                         pushing  GMOs  in  order  to                    have  banned  this  cartel,  they   as GM soy bean oil and palm
                                                         collect  royalties  from  seeds,   You have been talking about   are  trying  to  destroy  India’s   oil that was engineered in 1998
                                                         therefore  they  are  doing  two   Monsanto as a cartel? Why?  regulatory  and  patent  system   by the same interests, who are
                                                         things  simultaneous,  pushing   The  cartel  has  its  roots   to  push  through  GMOs  for   now  using  the  same  import
                                                         GMOs,  while  attacking  our   in  World  War  II  and  Hitler’s   patents  and  royalties.  Finally,   dependence  to  promote  GM
                                                         patent laws.  The real game is:   concentration   camps.   the  same  people  who  are   mustard. In 1998, I had started
                                                         They’d like to patent our seeds   Monsanto  and  Bayer  made   trying  to  control  our  food   the  Sarson  Satyagraha  to
                                                         and  are  therefore  pushing  a   explosives   and   lethally   through  GMOs  also  control   defend our mustard and fight
                                                         failed and toxic technology of   poisonous   gases   using   the  pharmaceutical  industry.   against  its  ban.  Today,  we
                                                         genetic  engineering  on  India,   shared  technologies  and  sold   So  when  people  fall  sick  and   need  a  Sarson  Satyagraha  in
                                                         her farmers, and her citizens.  them  to  both  sides  of  both   get cancer, they have cornered   which every farmer and every
                                                                                 the  World  Wars.  Bayer  was   the market on their treatment.   citizen participates by refusing
                                                         Is   GM   Mustard   really   part  of  IG  Farben,  Hitler’s   What  stands  in  their  way  is   to  use  GM  mustard  seeds  or
                                                         dangerous? If so how?   economic  power  and  pre-war   India’s  sovereignty.  They’re   GM mustard oil.
                                                            The  first  danger  of  GM   Germany’s  highest  foreign   trying  to  attack  that  by   In 1857 we fought against
                                                         mustard  is  monopoly  on   exchange  earner,  with  offices   corrupting  our  government   the East India Company. That
                                                         India’s  mustard  seeds,  just   in  the  United  States  and   agencies.  was  our  first  independence
          Condemning   the   Genetic   a  fraud  perpetrated  on  the   like  Monsanto  established  a   Switzerland.  How  can  India  defend  our   movement.  In  2017,  we  are
                                                                                                                                 being  called  to  participate  in
                                                                                    Monsanto  entered  into  a
          Engineering   Approval   nation  and  has  been  granted   monopoly on cotton seeds. The   joint  venture  with  IG  Farben,   food sovereignty?  the third freedom movement—
          Committee’s     (GEAC)   under pressure from Monsanto   second  danger  is  the  spread   Hitler’s  supplier  of  Zyklon-B,   The approval from GEAC   against poison in our foods—
          decision  to  allow  herbicide   and Bayer.    of  toxins  in  our  agriculture,   a cyanide based pesticide used   is  merely  a  recommendation.   and  freedom  from  the  cartel
          tolerant Bayer’s GM mustard,   The GM mustard is actually   both through the spread of the   in concentration camps during   The government, especially the   hijacking  our  structures  of
          scientist and environmentalist   a Bayer mustard. It is evident   herbicide glufosinate and well   the   holocaust.   Zyklon-B   environment minister, still has   governance   and   decision
          Dr Vandana Shiva sent out the   by  looking  at  its  history,   as  the  genetic  modification   was  used  as  evidence  in  the   to  take  a  final  call.  Secondly,   making.
          call  across  India  to  intensify   traits  and  the  patents  on  the   which  are  toxic  in  and  of   Nuremberg  trials,  finding  IG   agriculture  is  a  state  subject   Like  salt  and  indigo
          resistance   to   genetically   component  technologies.  The   themselves.  Farben  guilty  of  war  crimes.   and  biosafety  laws  of  India   triggered  the  Salt  March  and
          modified  (GM)  mustard  and   GEAC  committed  a  fraud  in   I  have  done  a  detailed   Monsanto and Bayer also had a   require  state  approval.  Chief   Champaran  Satyagraha,  let
          “the hijack of our food by the   misleading the nation, that the   review  of  the  fraudulent   Joint Venture – Mobay. Mobay   ministers of mustard growing   this  new  corruption  give
          Monsanto and Bayer.”   GM  technology  in  mustard   assessment  of  GEAC.  Let   supplied   ingredients   for   states such as Rajasthan should   birth  to  a  nationwide  Sarson
            The   GEAC   gave   a   was  being  used  to  increase   me  tell  the  everyone:  There
          nod  to  Bayer’s  Herbicide   yields  through  producing  a   have  been  no  feeding  studies   Agent Orange in the Vietnam   maintain their commitment to   Satyagraha.
                                                                                                         say  no  to  GM  mustard.  This
                                                                                 War.  Wars  were  fought,
          Tolerant(HT)  GM  mustard   hybrid.            conducted  on  animals  or   lives  were  lost,  countries   is  the  how  the  Bt  Brinjal  was
          on 11 May, despite a case still   The truth is that the GMO   humans.  Plus,  there  is  no   carved into holy lands – with   Courtesy: Firstspot
          being  heard  in  the  Supreme   mustard is a herbicide resistant   blood  analysis  available  of   artificial  boundaries  that  suit
          Court  and  a  commitment  to   mustard, which is resistant to   the  animals.  Barnase,  Barstar,   colonisation and resource grab
          the court that no decision will   Bayer  herbicide  glufosinate,   Bar Genes have not tested for   –  while  Bayer  and  Monsanto
          be  made  till  the  court  gives   which  is  established  to  be  a   safety  in  GMO  mustard.  The   sold  chemicals  as  bombs  and
          further directions.    neurotoxin. Further, Bayer has   GMO  will  cause  devastation   poisons.
            Indra   Shekhar   Singh   hundreds of patents related to   to  not  only  biodiversity  but   They were one as Mobay,
          speaks with Dr Vandana Shiva    the  GMO  mustard.  Bayer  has   also irreversibly impact Indian   part of the cartel of IG Farben.
          to  know  more  about  this   now  merged  with  Monsanto   native  mustard,  bees,  soil   Controlling  stakes  of  both
          decision.              therefore  one  can  call  the   organisms.     corporations lie with the same
                                 GMO  mustard  a  Monsanto/  Ever   since   these
          What do you think about the   Bayer mustard.   corporations entered India, we   private  equity  firms.  The
                                                                                 expertise of these companies is
          GEAC decision to approve of   While  on  the  one  hand,   have already seen this with the   those of war.
          GM mustard?            they   are   corrupting   our   case of Bt Cotton and the cycle   The  focus  of  the  cartel  is
            The  GEAC  has  given  the   regulatory agencies, Monsanto   of rural debt that pushed 3 lakh
          approval for GM Mustard that   is  also  trying  to  influence  the   farmers to commit suicide.  on  India  is  because  we  are  a
                                                                                 land rich in biodiversity and in
          was  rejected  in  2002.  Since   courts  to  try  and  undermine   On  the  one  hand,  the   agriculture.  By  taking  control
          then, it has been established to   our  patent  laws.  Article  3   government is claiming that it   if  our  seeds  and  collecting
          be inferior in yields compared   J  of  the  Indian  Patent  Act   has doubled farmers’ incomes,   royalties, both through genetic
          to  non-genetically  modified   excludes  seeds,  plants  and   but  on  the  other  hand  it  is   engineering  and  biopiracy,
          organism   (GMO)   Indian   animals  from  patentability.   rushing  to  approve  GMO   as  well  as  a  making  India  a
          hybrid. The approval is clearly   Monsanto  and  Bayer  are   mustard, which steals farmers’
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