In India is could become an imprisonable offense to speak against GM seeds! India is a center of origin for rice in the same way as Mexico is for corn. Apparently India’s government has been allowing GM rice trials. Arun Shrivastava writes a powerful and convincing article in GlobalResearcher about the numbers of trials and the dangers in the lack of order and restraint in the testing.

There is a new bill in the Indian parliament on GM food and Chapter 13 section 63 of the draft bill says, “Whoever, without any evidence or scientific record misleads the public about the safety of the organisms and products…shall be punished with imprisonment for a term that shall not be less than six months but which may extend to one year and with fine which may extend to two lakh rupees or with both.” Inran Khan in reports about this new law which if passed effectively muzzles anyone from speaking out unless they are a scientist!

It is deeply saddening to me that India- the mother country of rice, home to thousands of strains, is in danger of being taken over by mono-cropping and muzzling of the voices of their people. No other plant has had such a deep-rooted influence on the lives of  the people in Asia who have been cultivating rice, for centuries, if not from time immemorial. This single crop binds India, China, Bangladesh, Philippines, Thailand, Burma, Vietnam and all other traditional ‘rice-nations’. It is a dangerous turn of India when citizen’s cannot speak their mind without fear of being jailed. Hopefully this bill will be amended or not passed!