The Farmers Internet Groups organising a meet of Farmers at Veterinary University (KVASU) from 10.30 AM onwards. The same programme will be available live.
This is the Thumboormuzhi Model Aerobic Compost plant. We can manage the organic waste into compost with in 90 days with out any bad smell or leaching. By using 60 concrete bricks it can be build in the terrace or in the yard on 1800 rupees of cost. Roof can be selected according to the availability to minimise expenses. At the bottom put 6″ thick slurry or cow dung and put some dry leaves on it. Then put any organic waste on it including fish, meat, chicken waste and dry coconut leaves or shell can be put on it up to one feet hight. Above it again put 6″ thick slurry or cow dung on it. Within one week the temperature in it will be 75 degree Celsius and the insects or pests will destroy which will keep the surrounding healthy. No bad smell from it will be there.
Thanks to Dr. Francis Xavier
Decision taken in the 104th meeting of the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee
(GEAC) held on 15.11.2010.
The 104 meeting of the GEAC was held on 15.11.2010 in the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) under the chairmanship of Shri M.F. Farooqui, Additional Secretary, MoEF and Chairman, GEAC. The deliberations and decision taken in the GEAC meeting in respect of Agenda items 4 to 6 are
5.11 Permission to conduct Biosafety Research Level-1 (BRL-1) trial of Para Rubber Tree [Hevea brasiliensis [Wild. Ex Adr. De Juss.) Muell. Arg.] on Hb. SOD-L1 & L2 (Two transgenic events lines)] by Rubber Research Institute of India, Kottayam.
5.11.1 The Committee considered the request of Rubber Research Institute of India, Kottayam. has requested permission to conduct Biosafety Research Level-1 (BRL-1) trial of Para Rubber Tree [Hevea brasiliensis (Wild. Ex Adr. De Juss.) Muell. Arg.] on Hb. SOD-L1 & L2 (two transgenic events (lines) developed using the same gene construct in the same species and variety) containing manganese superoxide dismutase gene (cDNA) . Trials will be conducted at two locations, namely Dapchari, Thane and Chethackal, Thombikandom, Kerala belongs to Rubber Research institute in an area of 0.4 ha.
5.11.2 The Committee noted that the purpose of the trials is to evaluate:
i. The potential of Hevea brasiliensis transgenic plant integrated with MnSOD gene for enhanced tolerance to abiotic stress and tapping panel dryness syndrome as well as to assess the capability of the plants to grow better with higher yield under adverse conditions.
ii. The proposed design is RBD with four treatments, five replicates and a plot size of six. Boundaries and isolation belt will be planted with non-modified Hevea brasiliensis plants.
iii. The data to be collected include growth and latex yield data recording; physiological parameters determining abiotic stress tolerance such as leaf water potential, photosynthetic net assimilation rate (‘A’), fluorescent parameters like Dark Fv/Fm & Phi. PSII; antioxidant enzyme assay of superoxide dismutase & peroxidase and estimation of H2O2 content.
iv. TPD (tapping panel dryness syndrome ) incidence will also be recorded.
5.11.3 The Committee also noted the following reproductive isolation measures are
i. In the Trial site-I, towards the eastern and western side, for about 200 m no sexually compatible species are growing. Towards the northern and southern side, 75 m each will be kept as isolation belt by planting the same species.
ii. In the Trial site-II, 50 m on all sides will be kept as isolation belt by planting the same species.
iii. In both the trial sites, after flowering (by the 5 year after planting), all the seeds produced by the existing plants of the same species within 100 m from the boundary of the trial area will be collected and destroyed by burning.
5.11.4 The Committee further noted that the IBSC has recommended the proposal. The application was earlier considered by the RCGM in the 88 meeting held on 20.04.2010 wherein it was decided that the opinion of three scientists specializing in molecular biology viz. Dr. M. Udaya Kumar, UAS, Bangalore; Dr. V. Siva Reddy, ICGEB, New Delhi and Dr. Sanjay Kumar, IHBT, Palampur may be taken prior to forwarding the same for GEAC approval as this would be the first transgenic tree crop to be permitted for BRL-I trials. Based on comments of the three scientists and clarifications submitted by the applicant, the proposal was recommended by the RCGM in the 94th meeting held on 26.10.2010. The Committee considered the comments received from the experts and noted that the applicant has provided requisite clarification satisfactorily.
5.11.5 In view of the above stated facts and taking into consideration the recommendations of the RCGM, the Committee approved the request to conduct Biosafety Research Level-1 (BRL-1) trials of Para Rubber Tree [Hevea brasiliensis (Wild. Ex Adr. De Juss.) Muell. Arg.] on Hb. SOD-L1 & L2 (Two transgenic events lines.
See an old post below:What are the results from this trial? Indian Rubber Board never published the need and benefits from this trial. Kerala has the highest productivity in the World for Natural Rubber Production. Instead of the remedies for few defects for the high yielding clone RRII 105 the research Institute spreading 400 series clones without any proper trial. We saw the animals dead on the field of BT Cotton at Andhrapradesh. After the post postmortems of dead animals the AHC “observed black patches in the small intestines, enlarged bile duct and lever with discoloration and accumulation of pericardial fluid”. And BT Cotton seed oil is feeding the Indians without labeling the same. Even people who eat meat from animals fed GM cotton seed cake may be at risk. I am not feeding cotton seed cake to my animals.The first green revolution with chemical fertiliser, pesticides, weedicides etc are the harmful result we are facing in Agricultural sector.TPD due to physiological disorder can be rectified by the maintenance of physiological order. Rubber Research Institute have to observe balanced micro macro nutrients input and quality of latex at the time of tapping. Then RRII 105 will be the best verity rubber plant in the World.I am totally worried on the health of next generation.Warning: It is a long term crop, will contaminate the environment, harmful to bees flies animals human etc. Read More from GMO Basics >>>>Genetic engineering doesn’t happen in nature. Scientists force genes from bacteria and viruses into plant DNA, which result in dangerous side effects. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine urges all doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets to everyone.
GMOs are not “Green.” GMOs use far more herbicides, damage soil and marine ecology, harm beneficial insects, and cross pollinate. Their self-propagating genetic pollution will outlast the effects of climate change and nuclear waste!
We want soil health for sustainable agriculture and survival of humanity.
Genetically modified seeds will gradually dominate our farm fields. Thats what the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee is trying to do. We don’t need such a committee. ‘G.E.A.C quit India’ – that is the only thing an earth loving farmer can say. Through genetic engineering, if the plant tissues are made poisonous to scare pests, it is not hard to predict, in what way that poison will affect humans and animals. We had to wait many years before identifying that the first green revolution gifted us only with reduced soil quality and deceases. GM seeds are getting prepared to become more disastrous than that, by terminating the traditional seed varieties.Now dairy farmers cannot whole heartedly feed cattle with cottonseed meal. Only time will prove that oil made from genetically modified cottonseed will only be harmful to us. Despite having precious medicinal qualities,edible oils like coconut oil, being outperformed by other edible oils, and are taking over our kitchens.Is G.E.A.C trying to make us spray new weedicides that are harmful to the nature, soil and earth worms, in order to kill the weeds that are genetically evolved with the GM crops. When our agricultural scientists are becoming agents of weed killer brands like ‘Roundup’, farmers can only see them as enemies. No big experiments are needed to prove the harmful effects of GM crops – earth worms cannot thrive in the compost made from GM crops. Infertility of seeds are a grave threat. The possibility of spreading of unwanted infertility in other organisms can not be ignored.
The goal, if on the other hand, is to reduce food scarcity, isn’t it better to genetically modify humans? It is better to reduce the size of the stomach, hunger and quantity of food intake. Is this the only way the U.S can recover from the Recession, by selling medicines for deceases caused by using GM food? If Genetic Engineering were to increase the biodiversity by ensuring the nutrient balance of the soil, we would have welcomed it with big hands. All that Kerala and India earned from Ayurveda till date, will be destroyed from the entry of GM crops. Our water resources are already polluted and dying. The B.T. crops will add further more havoc to their future.We can only trust and rely upon cattle breeding, improved dairy production and organic farming techniques. Farmers becoming purely commercial and unconcerned about others health, will only destroy our future generations. We have read that cattles grazed on the B.T cotton fields in Andhra Pradesh died and the postmortem revealed holes in the hearts of these animals. The same may be the fate of humans too, by using food from B.T crops .
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