About GM Crops

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About GM Crops

  1. 1. AboutGenetically Modified Foods<br />
  2. 2. What are GMOs?<br /> When a gene from one species (eg. bacteria) is artificially introduced into a different & often unrelated species (eg. cotton), a Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) is formed. <br />An example: <br />A gene from a fish was put into a tomato<br />
  3. 3. Types of Genetically Modified Crops:<br />Herbicide Tolerant Crops i.e poison drinkers<br /> Insect Resistant Crops i.e poison producers<br />
  4. 4. Are Genetically Modified Foods good?<br />
  5. 5. Myths Promoted by the Bio-tech Industry:<br />
  6. 6. GM crops produce higher yields than natural crops. This will help us feed our growing population.<br />False!!<br />
  7. 7. Genetically Modified foods DO NOT have a yield increasing gene! <br />The Union of Concerned Scientists, USA concluded after an in-depth study that <br />GMOs do not increase yield; in fact, on average, yields decrease.<br />On the contrary..<br />“…eco-farming projects in 57 nations demonstrated average cropyield gains of 80%by tapping natural methods..” UN Report by Dr. Olivier De Schutter<br />
  8. 8. By using GMOs , farmers will end up using less pesticides and thus decrease costs. <br />False!<br />
  9. 9. In Herbicide Tolerant GM crops, Glyphosate(pesticide) use has increased from less than 5 million to more than 50 million pounds per year (USDA, 2003)<br />
  10. 10. Farmers spray more pesticides because they know that the plant is resistant, but the weed is not. <br />
  11. 11. Herbicide Tolerant Crop producers are also herbicide producers.<br />For example: Roundup Ready Soy seeds are<br />made by Monsanto, which also makes the herbicideRoundUp.<br />
  12. 12. GM Crops are said to be “substantially equivalent”to Non-GM crops, so there is no compromise on safety & health.<br />False!<br />
  13. 13. Insect Resistant crops (Bt crops) have a pesticide INSERTED IN them!<br />Since it is within, it cannot even be washed away.<br />
  14. 14. Most GM studies have been conducted by the Biotech industry..<br />
  15. 15. Rats fed GM Soy<br />Right: 20-day old rat from GM Soy fed group<br />Left: 19-day old rat from Non-GM Soy fed group<br />2005 Study by Dr. Irina Ermakova<br />
  16. 16. More than 50% mortality<br />Less than 10% mortality <br />Study on GM Soy (2005) by Dr. Irina Ermakova<br />
  17. 17. Mice ate Bt corn (90 days)<br />Indicatorsfor<br />liver and kidney toxicity,<br />blood pressure problems, allergies,<br />infections or disease, higher blood sugar,<br />and anemia<br />Study by Monsanto.<br />
  18. 18. Rats refused <br />to eat the <br /> GM tomato<br />Yuk!<br />
  19. 19. Many animals avoided GM feed when given a choice<br />
  20. 20. “The Andhra Pradesh Government has advised farmers not to allow animals to graze on Bt cotton fields after four institutes reported the presence of toxins in them.”<br />The Hindustan Times, 17 June 2007<br />
  21. 21. Bt Cotton farmers in India have reported itching all over the body, eruptions, wounds, discoloration.<br />
  22. 22. FOUND:<br />The Only Human Feeding Study on GM Crops<br />Genes from the modified crop transferred to intestinal bacteria<br />
  23. 23. IMPLICATIONS:<br />If Bt genes transfer <br />They might turn our intestinal bacteria into living pesticide factories<br />
  24. 24. FDA declares GMOs no different<br />“The agency is not aware of any information showing that foods derived by these new methods differ from other foods in any meaningful or uniform way.”<br />“Statement of Policy” May 29, 1992<br />Food and Drug Administration<br />
  25. 25. Secret FDA documents indicate that reports done bythe FDA’s own scientistscontradicted this statement.<br />
  26. 26. Who overruled the scientists?<br />Michael Taylor<br />In charge of FDA policy<br />Former Monsanto attorney<br />Later Monsanto vice president<br />Currently, Deputy Commissioner for Foods, FDA <br />
  27. 27. American consumers are unaware of eating GM..<br /> As far as you know, have you <br /> ever eaten genetically <br /> modified foods?<br />No........................................60%<br />Don’t Know...........................15%<br />Yes.......................................25%<br />Institute for Responsible Technology, America<br />
  28. 28. GM in India<br />Bt Cotton is the only GM crop grown in India<br />
  29. 29. Bt Brinjal was placed on a 2 year moratorium because consumers opposed it!<br />
  30. 30. There are 55 crops in the pipeline for clearance..<br />
  31. 31. The proposed Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI) Bill<br />This Bill will allow quick clearance of GM crops by just a handful of people.<br />
  32. 32. In India, labeling is NOT possible since most <br />foods are not packaged. <br />Consumers will lose their Right of Choice<br />
  33. 33. In Andhra Pradesh, 3000 villages with 6 lakh farmers have adopted ORGANIC farming and have saidNO to Pesticides and NO to GM <br />
  34. 34. What can you do?<br />Sign a letter to the Prime Minister of India to stop the proposed BRAI Bill - www.iamnolabrat.com<br />Spread the word at your school, college or workplace.<br />You can use this presentation.<br />Get more information on GM, follow us on:<br />Twitter- @LEAFinitiative<br />Facebook- www.facebook.com/theleafinitiative<br />Number - +91 9594024202<br />
  35. 35. The future of our agriculture and food is in our hands.. Act NOW!<br />
  36. 36. Thank you.<br />

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