Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Thousand of Indian farmers protest against corporate imperialism and Government promotion of GMO seed.

We have learned from sources in India that the deeply unpopular Modi government is facing a massive revolt against the Government's possibly corrupt and certainly undemocratic collaboration with biotech giants like Du Pont and Monsanto if trying to use legislative power to force farmers to accept the introduction of Genetically Modified seed.

Massive protests against the Modi Government and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) coalition took place in Delhi on March 18, 2015. The demonstrations were organised by the major agricultural unions of India and have to the launch of widespread lobbying campaign by groups supporting farmer’s rights and cost of living allocations in the capital city.

According to the All India Coordination Committee of Farmers Movement (AICCFM), Modi and the NDA came to power by way of funding from the GMO lobby which is led by Monsanto and Du Pont. These corporations and their business partners represent the patent holders of genetically modified seed inputs which are now promoted by programs focused on agribusiness in many emerging and developing nations.

Complaining that lack of transparency about political campaign funding, and standing anti-farmer policies indicate there is corruption at all levels of agricultural governance, the AICCFM demands changes to the Land Acquisition Ordinance that ultimately protects independent farmers' property rights. The Committee is also requesting the changes to commercial-growing guidelines which now include mandated adherence to patent rules assigning apportioned proprietary ownership of GM crops, including percentages of sales owed to the genetic patent registrar - i.e. the Biotech corporations (sic).

While imposition fair and remunerative pricing for farm produce is a long standing new demand from the AICCFM, the request for restructuring fair trade agreements (FTAs) and of establishing a farm income commission is. Elimination of agriculture from the World Trade Organization (WTO) free trade agreements, indemnity for farm disaster relief and open air field trials of GM crops are cited as other issues that the farm unions wish to change.

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