Many comprador agricultural scientists, many more commentators with an axe to grind and some misguided middle class consumers are willing to accept genetically modified foods/crops and even endorse them.
It is difficult for some odd piece of evidence in this shrill commercial scenario to catch attention, but here it is: one report pointing out that Monsanto-Mahyco’s Bt brinjal is not as harmless as it is made out to be. ‘Genetically modified brinjal unsafe’ says The Hindu today.
Of course, we would have to wait a while longer for more evidence to emerge. Until then, GM campaigners and scientists will be laughed off, just as climate-change scientists were derided two decades ago.
The simple argument against GM agriculture is this:
- Crops can continue to be grown without any risks in the conventional way.
- The seed business cannot be handed over to a few companies who will then seize control of the food supply.
- There is no law yet to protect consumers who may suffer the consequences of any GM crop.