Invitation to a talk by Prof. Prabhakaran Nair
- Invitation to a Talk on
Paid Science, Corporate Science
and the Politics of Genetically Manipulated Crops
Prof. K.P. Prabhakaranan Nair
Thursday 7th October, 2010 at 4.30 P.M
Venue:Institution of Agricultural Technologists (IAT),
No. 15, Miller’s Tank Bed, Queens Road, Bangalore - 560 001.
Ever since the moratorium on commercial release of Bt Brinjal was imposed by
Ministry of Environment and Forest on bio-safety and environmental grounds there
has been concerted effort to undermine the democratic decision and to silence
all critique and dissenting voices.
The strategies have been many. The scientist lobby is working overtime to prove
that the ban will retard future research in GMOs. They were appalled by the
decision taken by listening to all and sundry and question the very process thus
exhibiting a clear fascist tendency.
The attempt to introduce the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority Of India Bill
(BRAI) by Ministry of Science and Technology, which wants to curb the dissenting
voices against GMOs/GE needs to be read in the above context.
The recent Inter-Academy report on GMOs, which literally lifts information from
industry sponsored study, goes to show the deep infiltration of private
corporate interest in our public institutions. It is scandalous how the famous
scientists can bring out such a callous report which goes to show their utter
disregard and concern for issues affecting life and livelihood of sixty percent
of our working population.
Prof. Prabhakaranan Nairwill speak on these developments and how corporate
science is detrimental to the very sovereignty of this country. Prof. Nair
argues that the world of GMOs is less of science and more of Pollution, Politics
Prof. Prabhakaranan Nairhas been consistently and tirelessly writing on many
issues impacting our agriculture, both technical and general articles on ongoing
corporatization of our agriculture, increasing food insecurity, Monsanto, Bt
Brinjal, Bio-tech industry, drought, Green Revolution etc. in his columns in
Indian Express and Business Line.
Prof. Prabhakaranan Nairis a distinguished Soil Scientist and has three decades
of teaching, research and developmental experiences in Europe, Africa and Asia.
He has held many prestigious positions like National Chair of Science
Foundation. The Royal Society, Belgium and is distinguished visiting Scientist,
Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi.
Prof. Nairis well known for his contribution in developing “The Nutrient Buffer
Power concept” and is recipient of several national and international awards.
Author of five books, Prof. Nair has been invited four times to contribute
chapters to “Advances in Agronomy”, the magnum opus of agricultural science. He
has recently complied an e-book on “The Agronomy and Economy of Important Tree
Crops of the developing World”, the first of its kind.
Do participate and inform your friends and colleagues and spread the word
Join the campaign ‘Salt Then, Seed Now’
Organized by South Against Genetic Engineering(SAGE)in association with
ICRA, Green Foundation, Svaraj, OFAI-K, Bhoomi Net work, Era Organics, Pristine
Organic and Samvada.
For further information contact:
ICRA-25213104, Green Foundation-26784509, Era Organics-41606004
ICRA, No. 22, Michael Palya, New Tippasandra Post, Bangalore- 560075
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