Quote: Genetically engineered crops a “solution in search of a problem”
April 16, 2008
India – The interim order issued last week by the Supreme Court directing the government to publicise the results of trials on the safety of genetically modified (GM) food items represents a breakthrough in the campaign for biosafety regulations in India, Suman Sahai, convener of Gene Campaign, said on Friday.
The Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) has been directed to consider the toxicity and allerginicity of GM food items. The order asked the government to post the relevant material on the web so that independent experts could examine them.
“Too little is understood about what happens when foreign genes are abruptly pushed into the genetic material of living organisms like plants. The results are intrinsically unpredictable and there exists the potential for damage across generations.”
Likening GM technology to atomic energy, Ms. Sahai who has a Ph.D. in genetics, termed GE “a solution in search of a problem.”
“The only ones to benefit from it are a few multinational corporations. At stake is the food security and food sovereignty of nations. It is a shame that a country like India has to waste so much effort in dealing with the problems caused by this technology.”