[Aid-awareness] Genetically Modified Foods - Who wants to be a Lab rat?
- Dear friends, this is a campaign opposing the introduction of Genetically Modified (GM) foods in India, taken up by many organizations across India including AID-Hyderabad chapter. We urge you to take immediate action on this critical issue by signing the petition, urging others to do so, and if possible, volunteering for the campaign!
How would you like to be unwittingly made a lab animal in a giant experiment, through the food you eat?
It is a matter of urgency for all of us to know about Genetically Modified (GM) foods because the first GM vegetable in India (Bt Brinjal) might be coming up for government approval in 3 months. Once it is introduced into the market, consumers will have no way of distinguishing a GM brinjal and non-GM brinjal. Since these crops undergo inadequate bio-safety testing and the government depends only on the company's own data and claims for approval, the risky experiment will in effect be done on us consumers.
The time to learn about the issue and take action is now. Visit www.iamnolabrat.com to sign petition and publicize.
GM food crops are made by inserting genes from bacteria, viruses, scorpions, fish, etc. into food crops like brinjal, potato, rice and tomato. Some controlled scientific studies done in the past by universities and the companies themselves showed adverse impacts on health. Lab rats fed with GM food showed stunted growth, bleeding stomachs, liver and kidney lesions and even high death rate among offspring. Such test data has been suppressed by the companies and had to be dug out by concerned groups.
Importantly, the introduction of GM plants into the environment has irreversible effect on the ecology, so utmost scrutiny and caution needs to be exercised before approval.
Many organizations, scientists and citizens have begun a campaign to raise awareness among consumers on GM foods. Please go to www.iamnolabrat.com
- Sign the petition online
- Use website to email about the campaign to your entire addressbook!
- Forward this mail to all your friends and spread the word
- Volunteer for the campaign, publicize it in the media, and much more...
Handbook on Genetic Engineering:
Cartoon Handbook of GM foods: