Major farmers' unions in India protest regulatory approval for GM Mustard

b_350_0_16777215_00_http___www.outlookindia.com_public_uploads_gallery_20160928_gm_mustard20160928_350_630.jpgIn a strongly worded letter to the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, The Indian Coordination Committe of Farmers' Movements (ICCFM)one of India's largest network of farmers' unions, has rejected the regulatory approval given for GM Mustard in the country. 

Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC), a body that functions under the Environment Ministry, on Thursday (May 11) gave its recommendation to approve the long-pending application of the Centre for Genetic Manipulation of Crop Plants at Delhi University which had developed a transgenic mustard called DMH-11. (Indian Express).

Once approved by the Minister's office, the commercial cultivation of GM Mustard would ensue and farmers' unions have warned that such an action would only benefit large agribusiness corporations at the cost of small farmers.

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The International Treaty of Seed - FAO refuses to collaborate in biopiracy: INRA and CIRAD must do the same!

2017-02-10 Divseek.pngThe ITPGRFA (1) has decided to withdraw from its partnership with DivSeek, a consortium of agricultural research centers that organizes biopiracy at global level. This is the first victory of Via Campesina, which in 2014 denounced this planning of the flight of all the seeds of the world, before being supported in 2015 by many "southern" governments and NGOs.  

DivSeek was set up with money from the World Bank to carry out the genetic sequencing of all the seeds held in the genebanks of the various countries of the planet.

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170 Global Groups Call for Moratorium on New Genetic Extinction Technology at UN Convention

b_350_0_16777215_00_.._fr_images_stories_biodiversty_gene-drives.pngAt the 2016 UN Convention on Biodiversity held in Cancun Mexico this month, international conservation and environmental leaders called upon governments to establish a moratorium on the controversial genetic extinction technology called gene drives.

Gene drives, developed through new gene-editing techniques- are designed to force a particular genetically engineered trait to spread through an entire wild population – potentially changing entire species or even causing deliberate extinctions. The statement urges governments to put in place an urgent, global moratorium on the development and release of the new technology, which poses serious and potentially irreversible threats to biodiversity, as well as national sovereignty, peace and food security. 

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UPOV must respect farmers’ rights

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_riztinekescaled.jpg(November 30, 2016) Many years of advocacy on the part of the Via Campesina and its NGO allies have resulted in a first public encounter between the ITPGRFA and UPOV concerning the rights of farmers to save, use, exchange, and sell their farm seeds and to participate in decision-making. This meeting took place in Geneva on October 28th in the presence of observers from the Via Campesina and speakers from allied NGOs.

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