AAP to ask states to oppose GM crops

September 2, 2016 0 Comments

New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party, which has expressed its opposition to genetically modified (GM) crops, on Thursday said that it would make a coalition of likeminded states to build pressure on the Centre to withdraw its support to GM crops.

Since there is very little agricultural activity in Delhi, AAP seems to have taken this stand on GM crops with focus on Punjab, where it is contesting elections in 2017.

Delhi government and the ruling party have taken a firm stand against GM crops, said water minister Kapil Mishra, who along with health minister Satyendar Jain, met a delegation of farmers organisations, organic retailers, consumer protection organisation and the GM Free Co- alition on Thursday.

GM crops are harmful for farmers and have huge negative socio-economic implications for those dependent on agriculture for their livelihood. Punjab, for example, will be completely destroyed by GM mustard, added Mishra.

Professor Rajendar Chaudhary and organic farmer from Punjab Hartej Singh Mehta, who were part of the delegation, said: The Congress government went for BT brinjal, which was universally rejected by the countrys farmers and consumers in the public consultations that were organised.

The Modi government is not even pursuing public consultations. We appeal to CM Kejriwal to take this matter to the entire country. The delegation also protested outside the Secretariat, displaying posters against GM crops.