GM Mustard, a solution for nonexistent problems
The GM Mustard selloff
Some questions / observations on the GM Mustard issue:
1. No equivalence between grafting and GM foods. In grafting, genes aren't modified.
2. GM crops have the capability to kill bees. If you kill bees and other insects, your can say bye bye bye to pollination. There will be global food crisis.
3. Monsanto, currently Bayer, implants the Terminator gene into seeds. Hence, for every crop, farmers have to go back to the company to buy seeds. This is the game. They want to control seed supply. This is against liberty and food security.
4. The GM crop, once in the field, can contaminate non GM crop through pollination. Hence the risk is much more amplified. What if suppose tomorrow the scientists discover that the inserted gene was causing autism or cancer, will it be possible to retrospectively remove the gene from all crops everywhere in the world?
5. GM Mustard is a solution to a non existing problem. The crop is hardy and not prone to any major problems. Then why will you want GM Mustard? Only if you are a dalaal of Monsanto-Bayer.
6. Remember that the GM cotton hasn't relieved the plight of Maharashtra cotton farmers, but put them deeper into debt trap.
7. With cotton you have multiple choices. With food, you don't have many.
8. Nobel laureates will approve of anything for the right price. Hence Nobel laureates approving GM foods is not reason enough for it to be introduced.
9. If Golden rice is given as a justification for GM Mustard, let us point out that Golden rice is not the only way you can solve vitamin deficiency. Has Golden rice been tested over the long term for its side effects?
10. What prevents the company making GM Mustard seeds from implanting genes which will attract other insects entailing more pesticide.
11. Don't you think a pesticide company being in seed business is a big conflict of interest?