Indian law would make criticizing GM crops an imprisonable offense

Criticising GM crops may land you in jail | Feb 26, 2010

by Imran Khan

BANGALORE: Criticising Genetically Modified (GM) products could land you in jail — if the draconian draft Biotechnology Regulatory Authority Bill (BRAB) of 2009, which will be tabled in the current session of the parliament by the UPA government, is passed.

In an unprecedented muzzle on the right to freedom of speech of the citizen, Chapter 13 section 63 of the draft bill says, “Whoever, without any evidence or scientific record misleads the public about the safety of the organisms and products…shall be punished with imprisonment for a term that shall not be less than six months but which may extend to one year and with fine which may extend to two lakh rupees or with both.” The BRAI Bill drafted by the department of bio-technology under the Ministry of Science and Technology comes on the heels of a moratorium on Bt Brinjal announced by the Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh.

“What they are doing is much worse than what Hitler or Mussolini did. Through this bill, they want to take absolute authority. They are behaving like a vendor instead of a regulator,” Pushpa M Bhargava, a member of the Supreme Court appointed Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) said.

There are also other provisions in this bill which are disconcerting.

Article 27 (1) of the bill seeks to keep the information related to the research, approval and science of the GM Products out of the purview of the Right to Information ( RTI) Act.

In other words, farmers, NGO’s and Environmental groups that have been on the forefront of the campaign against BT Brinjal and other genetically modified crops, can longer obtain information about it.

Not only that, the three member experts of the Department of Biotechnology will override any existing legislation about GM technology in the states.

The draft bill also states that the BRAI will set up its own appellate tribunal which will have the jurisdiction to hear arguments on the issues concerning biotechnology. In case of any disputes, petitioners can only approach the Supreme Court of India.

“The BRAI bill is more draconian than what the nation faced during the Emergency ‘’ says Devinder Sharma, writer and Food Policy Analyst. “If the Bill was already in force, I would have been in jail.

Jairam Ramesh too would have been in jail for challenging the health and environmental claims of the company developing Bt Brinjal,” he said. The bill demonstrates the extraordinary hold the multinational companies have over the UPA government, he added. Kavitha Kurugunti of Kheti Virasat Mission said that this bill is just a way to silence the voices who are opposed to GM technology.

18 responses to “Indian law would make criticizing GM crops an imprisonable offense

  1. Indian GMO Elites suck!

  2. That law works 2 >>> !! TWO WAYS !! <<<

    Neither can CORPORATIONS say anything to advance their products by MISLEADING.

    "Whoever, without any evidence or scientific record misleads the public about the safety of the organisms and products"

  3. Good point, but I say it’s nothing but a law thought up in the board-room of some big corporation and that will probably be the point they told the politicians to sell on this bill.
    I’m judging this on the fact that they already have many exclusive contracts to grow GM crops there.

  4. Tatiana Covington

    Just talk anyway. Fuck the law, fuck the fine. Keep your freedom by force. If others don’t like it, let them die.

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  7. I strait away had the same thoughts as “TranceArm ”
    What is missing today is more ACTIONS from the good people.
    Monsanto should be sued for infecting adjacents crops and for fake claims as it has be found that mices fed with GMO die within DAYS.
    The problem is there is no GOV grants to studymonsanto procucts independently and the FDA approvals are based on monsanto’s own “research “A corrupt set up

  8. I declare all laws that want to gag the human race null and void. I have spoken. I have the power of a God.

    Who the hell gives the powers -to-be the right to shut anybody up, just because they say so?

    No laws are going to shut me up. If I have something to say, I will say it.

    I’am more than my physical body. I am a very powerful spiritual being and I believe there are many others out there.

    Don’t tread on the human race!!

  9. >> Guy

    “The problem is there is no GOV grants to studymonsanto procucts independently and the FDA approvals are based on monsanto’s own “research “A corrupt set up”

    True, but it puts all Montesanto’s lawyers and scientists on a 1:1 par with independent scientists (peers), since they can understand and judge the evidence or scientific method as presented by claim makers on the level it is offered.

    Since this is only a draft bill, it will probably be differently worded if this is specially designed to convince the population, that they have no political say, no personal say, not even if ALL say “no”.

    Strange thing them “religions”… What all think matters, not whether what they believe is true.

    >>> Joseph “Don’t tread on the human race!!”

    GMO was all about the (let me cite:)
    “the safety of the organisms”

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  11. .. Joseph Archie,
    Right ! as(immortal ) spirits spending some time experimenting.
    in “DUALITY ” here we all know what is right or wrong .
    Only a small number has fallen into darkness and many in amnesia.
    Those who have kept the light (decency, ethics ) have the right and the duty to wake up the amnesiacs ant TELL the fallen “illuminatis, illuZionists ? ? )to piss off
    WE don’t need Sheperds , as we are not sheep nor goyims .

    We are co /creators the future is the result of our thoughts…so think positive.
    And miracles can happen !

  12. Control the food and you control the world. This is one of the many ways that the Illuminati control us. It’s the New World Order. The Royal Reptilian Blood Lines are very determined to have their way and their way goes back to very ancient times. We humans have to wake up or they will gobble us up and that will be that. Modify foods is just that, its modified, and it is usually designed to hurt us humans. Look at the stuff you buy at the store. Do we really need all of the ingredients you see labelled?
    We need to wake up people!!

  13. Joseph Archie,

    Right you are. To add to that, GM foods cause cancer deliberately as part of the Eugenics program to depopulate the planet. The workers at Monsanto and other Big Agribiz corps don’t touch the stuff because they know what it is, not merely hybrid, but toxic chimera. The elite don’t eat the stuff either and never will as they get only the finest organic produce for their banquet tables. It is meant for the common people to consume, and unknowingly since the vast majority of people who shop in the big chain grocery stores have no clue what they are buying. On top of this farmers’ fields around the world are being contaminated with this crap to the degree that it is becoming the worst environmental catastrophe of them all. And the dependence on GM seed has forced many a farmer into debt and even suicide especially in India. This is only the tip of the iceberg of monstrous criminality that rules over food supplies and it has to stop. Boycott all GM ‘foods’!

  14. Crush The Talmudic Zionist Serpent

    No coincidence that Lynn de Rothschild stated in an interview – a couple of years ago – that her and her husband had bought massive areas of arable land in India to grow fruit and vegetables!!!

  15. asplitsecond

    @ pjwalker911 and Joseph Archie: I don’t agree fully with this law, but I loathe your generalizations about GM crops, which are the exact reason why such a law would be written.
    If you don’t know the science behind these products (be they of Monsanto or any other biotech company), then please get informed first before you start crusading against it.

  16. I always look at a problem from a distance
    And what I see is nature is built on choice and variety .
    This allows for a multitude of possible options
    if say a brand of potato get a disease there will be many other that will be immune to that deseas BY NATURE,
    The problem of commercialisation is that from 100’s of different type of potatoes we now have reduced it to 4 or 5 .
    Therefor we are more vunerable to diseases By trying to geneticaly modify the little we have left we expose ourselve to depend on products that are more expensive for the farmer as he has to buy the seeds EVERY years , their safety for the consummer is a hazard and in case of disease we won’t have anything for replacement

    something else, is” scientists ” deal with genes they have identified (genes they understand ) the rest is called “junk” genes.
    Some HONEST scientists are ringing the alarm , saying ALL genes have a role and when the order of genes is disturbed or one is removed it creates a vacum that has to be filled . This start a reaction where genes move around loosing their fonctions.

    As a result we still have a potato or what ever it looked in the first place but the TRUE nature of that modified product is lost it could poisonous or not any more food
    It is frankestein food.
    After all the world has plenty of food we have a problem of distribution due to a system based on greed.
    We don’t need to fiddle with nature that has worked well for milion of years
    If we give the third world a chance to increase their standard of living , as proven they will make less babies and the world population will stabilise just like in European countries.

    So why do we need GM food ?
    Because it is for the CONTROL of the human race by a bunch of psychopaths who practice satanic rituals and see us as cattle
    Do some researches

  17. asplitsecond,

    A split second is about all it takes to demolish your BS PR spin for toxic transgenics. Who do you work for anyway? Let me guess. It begins with an ‘M’…

    Suppressed report shows cancer link to GM potatoes

    An informed public will not stand for this and will put Monsanto and the rest of these genetic engineers out of business with the mighty power of free market economics and lawsuits. So that is precisely what I am doing, informing the public because they are not informed by the mainstream media, or by the corrupt governments of this planet that give Monsanto lawyers a green light to destroy organic farming, put non-compliant farmers out of business, destroy human health and contaminate the environment with all this transgenic crap. And this nightmare will just keep going until people wake up and put a stop to it. We can all start by boycotting all grocery store chains that sell GM foods. Farmers can start by researching organic methods and certification because if they don’t, they will be selling their souls to Monsanto, Bayer and others and regret it later if they have any conscience left whatsoever. This IS a moral issue after all.

    Further information:

    The truth about GM crops

    Fury as EU approves GM potato

    Who killed all those honeybees?

    Scientist warning against Monsanto’s Roundup gets threats…

    Is Monsanto’s corn destroying your internal organs?

    GM foods not served in Monsanto cafeteria

    “Seeds of Destruction, The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation”

    EU Commission set to approve controversial GMO potato

    Europe not hungry for GM potatoes

    Zero tolerance for GM foods in Europe

    Dangers of Genetically Modified Foods

    Must see videos for farmers and anyone who gives a damn about health and the environment. If after watching these videos, you are not totally disgusted and outraged toward these biotech companies and their prostitute scientists creating a monumental health and environmental catastrophe with government sanction, then you have lost it entirely.

    The World According to Monsanto

    The Future of Food: What Every Person Should Know

    The Dangers of Genetically Modified Food

    GMO Trilogy – Unnatural Selection

    Don t put that in your mouth

    Genetically Modified Food – Panacea Or Poison

    Sites for Further Information

    Genetic Modification – Aftermath News

    GM Watch

    Center for Food Safety

    Food Consumer

    No Codex Genocide

    Say No To GMOs!

    Genetic Engineering Network

    Seeds of Deception


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