06-03-2014 01:19 AM | India

Let farmers decide about GM crops, not governments

Governments must 'do' as little as possible to be considered legitimate. People must 'do', not governments. When the latter 'do' anything at all, they tread on people's freedoms. From this perspective, things have gotten completely out of hand in India.

Afflicted with a seemingly incurable variety of the 'doing' disease, the Government of India has decided to allow Genetically Modified Organisms to get into Indian agriculture. Against a mountain of evidence showing that they are unscientific, unhealthy, and undemocratic, Union environment minister Veerappa Moily (rumored to have brought in to replace his indecisive predecessor) has gone ahead and approved field trials of GM crops in India.
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