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When all trees have been cut down, when all animals have been hunted, when all waters are polluted, when all air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money. - Cree Prophecy

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Bt brinjal toxicity issue!

You sure remember the anti- Bt brinjal and Iam noLabrat campaign last year and the subsequent moratorium declared by the environ minister.
The scientists across the globe, activists and many consumer groups fought against commercialization of Bt brinjal citing various reasons- bio safety, loss of bio diversity, loss of livelihood, loss of seed sovereignty and health. Now this has been conclusively proven.

Mahyco – Monsanto’s (dangerous) arm in India had collected data of tests conducted (by themselves!) with Bt brinjal. Then they submitted a report to GEAC, the approval committee that it was all fine!
Firstly isn’t ridiculous that the producer, dubious one at that, is the one who will test and also submit a report.
So here after we can expect the court scene like this-
Judge: can u testify yourself? Can u check your own records and tell if u did commit the crime. So the accused wud (jump inside in joy and) softly say “NO‘ and get away!

Recently a New Zealand scientist Dr. Lou Gallagher, conducted an independent analysis of the data and report of Mahyco and gave a scathing report. She states: “Major health problems among test animals were ignored in these reports. The single test dose used was lower than recommended by the Indian protocols. Release of Bt brinjal for human consumption cannot be recommended given the current evidence of toxicity to rats in just 90 days and the studies' serious departures from normal scientific standards”.The rats experienced organ and system damage (incl. of ovaries, spleen, white blood cells etc.) and toxic effects to the liver.
Firstly this toxicology and epidemiology expert from New Zealand used the data that Mahyco produced and not any new or independent data. Apart from laughing at the report that fudged information she also questions the operational style of the approval body- GEAC!
Mahyco, quite understandably, has masked the truth and the negatives in that report and had said ‘all is well’ and so got it passed by GEAC for commercialization! They did inadequate and unscientific tests and then fooled us all by giving wrong information, willfully.

What a shame! We as citizens have been short changed,twice.

Its like this: You take a scan of your body and a doctor states that all is well. Then another doc (second opinion) sees this scan report and not only accuses the 1st doc of hiding facts but passing totally wrong judgement and diagnosis.

Bottom line: Bt brinjal (and in effect any Genetically Modified food) is unfit for human consumption!

You can see her report here:

The original Mahycos data and report here:

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  • At January 31, 2011 8:23 AM, Blogger surendar said…

    This is a shame.

  • At January 31, 2011 10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Then what citizen of India will do? Since GOI is not willing to protect citizens.
    - Remember many farmers are running towards making more money too. Once black/underground market of GM seeds starts, farmers will line up. Because ethics already left the game.


  • At February 01, 2011 5:50 AM, Blogger Ananthoo said…

    @ surendar - yes its a shame and frightful too. we cant expect our govts or regulation authorities to be sane.

    @ anon - i dont see anything wrong in farmers running behind money? arent we all doing so? then why shudnt they alone not do so? what will they do for their livelihood? their medical expenses? childs studies? eating out??
    where is ethics in the society anyways?

  • At February 02, 2011 1:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    its like this, the GOI wanted us to consume poison and get more immunity(like mosquitoes)


  • At July 21, 2012 5:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

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