On GM Brinjal and the need to stop intefering with Nature’s plans

Its been the usual flurry of email discussions around the process of getting genetically modified brinjal into the Indian market. In the argument below I am not giving up on the efforts but just highlighting the very obvious inconsistencies, without addressing which we are just shadow boxing.

The same format repeats itself on every issue. A few concerned people who read a lot, bother to investigate, make opinions and the take positions on issues which concern millions.

The vast millions for whom the supposed effort is being carried out would rather be spending their time on dumb reality shows (Big Bosss?, Friends?? – I dont know how much time humanity will spend on the stupid inane laughter of some aimless in life junior artists!) rather than having any fascination for how their food is grown, how it travels, who are the people behind the scenes.

I say whats the point of going through the same motions every time? And for whom? Those stupid dumb idiots whose reality show soaked lives are anyways not worth saving? They would be having genetically modified brinjal pakoras while going through their motions and tell you to buzz of if you showed anywhere on the scene with your ‘mentally excruciating’ arguments.

Even if those people had an iota of an interest in whats happening it was worth the effort. Who do these people give their dollar votes to?

I get concerned about all those hundreds of innocent species who are being wiped out of the planet, even as their own life patterns are completely sustainable. They are the victims of the actions of a ‘much wiser’ species. From ‘ugly’ insects to magnificent mammals to beautiful plants, its a gridlock rush to the path of extinction.

Should the ‘wise’ species not face the consequence of its own ‘intelligence’? Is it possible that these efforts towards harmful chemicals and biological interference are in effect nature’s terminator gene for human species in action? Is nature programming human intelligence towards its own destruction? Is nature working through Monsanto on the human species?

And so are some of us needless obstructions to natures plan?

The environmentalists and the ecologists and those into the ethics of it all need to make up their mind – is it the earths good health they want or of the human race? And both may be at logger heads with each other. Again it may be argued that GM foods will give abundant food which will cause more millions to come up on the earth and hence they need to be stopped 🙂

It is the uneven interest in the issue, few doing in depth study and millions having their brinjal pakoras while watching reality shows, that also makes the governance construct go against those opposed to GM foods.

In a democracy as we all know by now numbers count. And silence is consent. So if there is no noise from millions it is assumed they have no objection to genetically modified food. The bureaucrats and the politicians work for those silent millions not the rattlers.

Some interesting links on GMOs

http://video.yahoo.com/watch/4687000/12525766

http://www.thehindu.com/2009/01/11/stories/2009011160490900.htm

http://www.twilightearth.com/2009/05/the-world-according-to-monsanto-full-documentary/

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4 thoughts on “On GM Brinjal and the need to stop intefering with Nature’s plans

  1. Hi Rishi,

    very interesting blog and I at a larger level share you viewpoints. It is human hubris to think we run this planet when we’ve barely been around for a few 100,000 years compared to the millions of years life has existed on this planet.

    Yet at the same time, I think humans are a stage in evolution and we have the intellect to progress evolution further but only if we understand we are but a strand in the fabulous weave of nature, and not separate from it. We are interconnected to this amazing fabric around us.

    It is only when we learn that we are part of and not above that we can live sustainably.

    So is it not a useful thing to try and push human understanding towards that ecological oneness that is the natural way, rather than the current capitalistic domination of nature.

    Of course I have no clue what the future holds. Perhaps we are meant to be naturally deselected, perhaps we are a failed experiment in evolution. But while we are here why should we not make the effort to live as part of nature?

    This is the reason why I work for Greenpeace.

    • Hi Avijit,

      Thanks for your interest and comments! I have wanted to believe in the human intellect for more than two decades now starting as a ten year old in mid 80’s when I saw Living Planet and heard David Atenborrough and watched so many more documentaries on the then wonderful State television. I have over the years only been disappointed with the human intellect in matters of the commons. We are excellent within our microcosm.

      In response to your query my answer is that we all have been trying to engage our fellow species members in appreciating the fact that we are a part of th strand for far too long and we can see the results in front of ourselves. Maybe it is time to let go on some issues? Maybe as a trial?

      There is a drastic need to revisit our strategies and do an analysis of what we do and what we do. Look at the stupid way in which we still carry out our climate change negotiations? Everybody just holds on to their positions and keeps reading their wish list. No body even listens to the other person I think.

      Whatever stage of evolution we are in, a large majority of those who are well fed and well educated and with more opportunities in life, and consequently those who are calling the shots and taking the decisions are still convinced that we are not a part of the fabric. And you cannot spell out the consequences to those who are firm in this belief of theirs. Its like selling refrigerators to Eskimos.

      And unless you cant change the underlying value structure whatever we all do – Greenpeace and others – is just delaying the inevitable. We keep getting on and off the merry ground of the desire to make a change depending upon our enthusiasm and burn out levels 🙂

  2. My understanding of things is that in the larger picture, things will move forward as they have to (with or without human beings). Within our microcosms we continue to do what we do and perhaps try and make a difference on a macro level.

    I guess it finally boils down to a specific perspective of a nihilism. 🙂

    If nothing matters, and we’re powerless in the larger picture, I guess we select our individual follies to pursue.

  3. Why was Bt Brinjal banned in India?

    Minister asked a Punjab farmer during a public hearing “Why are you protesting against Bt Brinjal?” Banta Singh said “Sir ji, usmein Monsanto neih “cry one for all” (Cry 1Ac) toxin jo paa ditta hein”.

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