Comments on: Are we ready for genetically modified vegetables? http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/10/14/are-we-ready-for-genetically-modified-vegetables/ Perspectives on South Asian politics Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:03:22 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Uppada http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/10/14/are-we-ready-for-genetically-modified-vegetables/comment-page-1/#comment-11643 Fri, 30 Oct 2009 08:09:59 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=2064#comment-11643 This type of infidelity among general public about Bt Brinjal is due to lack of basic understanding about plant breeding techniques. We require such genetically modified varieties for another green revolution to come. Human beings would not have existed but for genetic variations. You can not discard something out of suspicion. For producing higher food productivity to feed the growing millions, we need to believe our scientists.If you do not believe them, you have no right to produce more babies and add to the 1.2 billion population of the country.

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By: Dr. Shanthu Shantharam http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/10/14/are-we-ready-for-genetically-modified-vegetables/comment-page-1/#comment-11207 Tue, 20 Oct 2009 03:01:40 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=2064#comment-11207 The Bt gene is Bt brinjal is perfectly safe for higher mammals and humans, and is only toxic to a specific group of insect larvae known as Lepidopterans. Bt spray has been use for over 60 years wihtout any deleterious effetcs, and anyone who is suggesting today that it might affect humans is wilfully ignorant of scientific facts. Bt brinjal is a necessity and an environmentally alternative. Let farmers decide if they want to grow it. Hybrid brinjals and GM brinjals have been compared in addition to many other GM crops. The scientiifc matter of the fact is that hybrids show a lot more gene perturbations than single or double or triple gene insertion events. Comparing British rule to a technology regime is preposterous. In that case, we might as well throw out TV, mobile phones, computers, drugs, pharmaceuticals, and jets and go back medeaval times. It is astonishing how so many educated people in India in the 21st century have such false notions.

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By: Juxt Appose http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/10/14/are-we-ready-for-genetically-modified-vegetables/comment-page-1/#comment-11174 Mon, 19 Oct 2009 09:38:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=2064#comment-11174 This is lack of vision and thinking capability of dogs who are blinded by supremacy theories and jump in air to catch whatever their master throws.

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By: Sujay Bhattacharya http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/10/14/are-we-ready-for-genetically-modified-vegetables/comment-page-1/#comment-11147 Sun, 18 Oct 2009 18:18:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=2064#comment-11147 I believe in simple things – go against nature; mother nature will take revenge.
There are so many examples : Chinese man made earthquake from SICHUAN dam, Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Bird Flu, Swine flu, AIDS, Mad cow disease, … so many to come.
BT brinjal could be another Frankestein in vegetable format.

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By: Varuni http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/10/14/are-we-ready-for-genetically-modified-vegetables/comment-page-1/#comment-11082 Fri, 16 Oct 2009 10:07:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=2064#comment-11082 As a plant breeder I can tell everyone that this Brinjal is necessary not because there is a crisis in Brijal production but this will reduce the use of chemicals which kill the insects whihc attack Brinjal. These chemicals are more poisonous than what you can imagine. So minimizing the use of these chemicals is both nature and man friendly. yes there are numerous trials being done between GM and non GM material and any genetically unstable material is discarded. Please dont belive the fearmongers who still are having a colonial hangover where all their decisions are based on the thinking of colonizers and colonies rather than moving forward into a new age where food sufficiency needs of people are met without more land being cleared for agriculture and more chemicals being used. I am neither attached to any company nor do I make any profit from any company. GM soybeans, cotton, cheese have been eaten for over a decade now and no one has suffered any adverse effect. These monster stories are spread around by people who have their stomachs full. ask a vegtitable farmer if he prefers to purchase more chemicals or ore expose himself and his family to more dangerous sprays. Let us publish the answer. By the way since time immemorial man has been genetially modifiying crops. If he did not there would not be much to eat today. Have alook at what wheat or rice used to look like. With GM technology only difference instread of large chunks of genes one desired gene is inserted into the plant. Stop the fearmongering.

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By: hasthamivar http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/10/14/are-we-ready-for-genetically-modified-vegetables/comment-page-1/#comment-11056 Thu, 15 Oct 2009 15:57:11 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=2064#comment-11056 India was ruled by whites in india before 1947.It is still in our genes and psyche….
Now they are going to remotely rule….
The politicians are not bothered. They need power some how to stay in power.

we should resist the GM crops.

There is no awarness…

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By: Hmmm http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/10/14/are-we-ready-for-genetically-modified-vegetables/comment-page-1/#comment-11044 Thu, 15 Oct 2009 10:29:29 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=2064#comment-11044 There really isn’t a choice in this issue.

As the climate warms, and population increase, the price of food is going to increase to much higher levels. And as oil reserves lower, the price will increase further still.

The third world will have two choices:
-GM Crops, or
-Mass starvation.

You will be surprised how willing people will accept GM crops, once they have no alternative.

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By: Mavahalli S Somaiah http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/10/14/are-we-ready-for-genetically-modified-vegetables/comment-page-1/#comment-11039 Thu, 15 Oct 2009 08:59:55 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=2064#comment-11039 Hybridization in agricultural products is changing the trend across the Globe, I do not know any lab has done any analysis between naturally grown and Genitically modified vegitables for understanding by a common person in any society. If the analysis shows same components, why can’t we go with Genitacally modified vegitables. Because natural ones will take long time and hybridization is taking less time to yield, so that growers can achieve more benefit. In case of natuaral disasters geniticall modified can be grown faster and supply can be met against demand

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By: Kannan http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/10/14/are-we-ready-for-genetically-modified-vegetables/comment-page-1/#comment-11037 Thu, 15 Oct 2009 07:39:38 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=2064#comment-11037 Monsanto must have adopted some shady tactics with the explicit backing of the US government to arm twist the Indian government to conduct field trials and introduce GT Brinjal.

Today it is Brinjal tomorrow it will be wheat and then rice and Monsanto won’t rest till it controls a major portion of the Indian agricultural market.

This is backdoor colonialism and we alongwith future generations will pay the penalty.

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By: Subir http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/10/14/are-we-ready-for-genetically-modified-vegetables/comment-page-1/#comment-11036 Thu, 15 Oct 2009 06:48:38 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=2064#comment-11036 Genetic Engineering of crops was never an exact science and still isn’t. When the new dna splice is pushed in by the ‘gene gun’ the scientists dont have any control over which part of the host’s genome sequence this new gene will get attached to, making the entire process very unpredictable. Have none of you heard of the l-tryptophane case? Google it.

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