Its unfortunate that the so called educated community is divided in these issues. Many of them take the so called scientists and their fraudulent reports /media reports (PR) as true and defend their arguments without any basis and none seem to have any real-life experiences.
It is to be noted that a fully operational Microbiology /Genetics lab costs millions of Dollars to setup. In addition the cost of Gene sequencing, splicing and R-DNA (recombination DNA) research (?) costs millions to do... So it is easily evident that the MNC companies who claim to be seeds /bio-tech companies, spent millions to create these seeds, are they doing this for their own benefit or remove global poverty or poverty in India? - (this question itself is laughable as everybody knew the fact)
All these so called Agriculture companies are actually Chemical companies. Some are famous for making Chemical weapons - the so called WMDs. One is particularly famous for Agent Orange (a serious "human-cide") used in Vietnam war to kill thousands of Vietnamese, another one is yet to pay the damages for Bhopal disaster. They are now suddenly saviours, seed companies into promoting 'sustainable agriculture' (it is fashionable to use such terms as none understands the meaning) and reap huge profits from seed sales and herbicide sales. (the GM crop /plant is modified to be resistant to the patented herbicide sold by the GM Seed company - double profit - seed sales & herbicide sales)
Why a rush now when the pesticides and agricultural chemicals are selling well?. Protecting the future for the shareholders and investors. As Organic farming slowly spreading everywhere due to the consistent failures of chemical farming witnessed by everyone. More importantly eroding pesticide sales and profits as these pesticides are manufactured by everyone unlike the GM/GE herbicide resistant seeds and corresponding herbicides
One important point to be noted is that no GM crop can grow without Herbicide. Which is an equally dangerous chemical compound like pesticide and a proven Carcinogenic substance (cancer causing chemical). So it is all about selling some patented "cide" (chemical) and making money and not really about sustainable life-promoting agriculture. The following paragraph is taken from Cancer prevention society - gives you the highlights of herbicide
"The herbicide atrazine, extensively used in the U.S. on cornfields and lawns, while banned in most European nations, is the most common pollutant in rainwater, snow runoff, ground water and drinking water. A series of epidemiological studies over the last decade have incriminated atrazine as a cause of non-Hodgkin's and Hodgkin's lymphoma, prostate and ovarian cancer, while atrazine has also been shown to induce breast cancer in rodents, and endocrine disruptive effects (27). Against this background of NCI's silence is the April, 2002 headline news following publication of evidence that atrazine induces multiple sex organ abnormalities in frogs at levels in water as low as 0.1 parts per billion"
- From: Cancer Prevention Council, US National Cancer Institute http://www.preventcancer.com/losing/nci/nci_epidemiological.htm
Commercially motivated dishonest reporting of the so called scientists employed by MNC giants can't be termed as research and particularly we the concerned consumer shouldn't fall for this ploy as well as has the right to know
Thus it is our basic duty to look at all claims of corporates, scientists and also consultants with a fresh view without any prejudice. Thus we can easily understand that Genetic Modification /Genetic Engineering or Bio Technology (what ever be the glorifying name used for this technology) essentially violates not just the core chambers of a life-form (physically crossing nuclear membranes) but the conscious-choice principle that is part of living nature's essence and also the right of every life-form (we certainly don't have any right in this regard)
We fail to recognize that Seeds and food systems are primarily the property of the communities for thousands of years, they are the custodians of it. None has the right to interfere in this tradition which has been preserved for several years and in which humanity depends on. Yet the rulers the so called protectors are least interested in defending our food sovereignty, food safety and food security.
Though the Environment minister has issued a moratorium on one GM Crop (Bt-Brinjal), Government is planning to bring out a more draconian act (BRAI Act 2010) through which anyone who questions GM/GE technology, food safety can be silenced /jailed - our government is so fast with respect to catching concerned social workers, civil societies but not terrorists or anti-nationals
It is now left to us to defend and protect our rights for safe food and environment. Lets us draw inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi to fight the new breed of oppressors.