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Last night, I was tossing and turning in bed as I constipated with fear over my previous post in Italian. I was worried  whether I would have inadvertently(due to my very limited knowledge of Italian) asked Sonia Gandhi to shove that Bt.Brinjal up her posterior instead of Monsanto’s posterior.   Whenever I have such moments of self-doubt, I turn to Google, which threw up this gem.

Jack: The Italians have a saying, Lemon, “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.” And, although they’ve never won a war or mass-produced a decent car, in this area they are correct.

Thanks, Jack and more importantly KD !! I am adding a disclaimer to my previous post in Italian

“If the Congress workers who know Italian feel that my previous post was offensive to the Iron lady of their party and are looking for effigies to burn kindly google “Google Translate”. I get all my Italian from Google Translate and Rick Steves’ Italian Phrasebook.   Arrivederci, vigliacchi”

Written by Sudarshan Suresh

February 1, 2010 at 9:18 pm

MOEF: REJECT Bt.BRINJAL

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Dear Mr. Ramesh
I am Sudarshan.  I am writing to you with respect to the ongoing consultations  between your Ministry and the people of India regarding commercial cultivation of Bt. Brinjal. At the outset, I would like to commend you for seeking public opinion on this key decision while your fellow colleagues have been very keen to rubber stamp the approval of Bt. Brinjal.

Sir, Brinjal is a celebrated Indian vegetable and with over 2500 varieties, it represents the rich bio-diversity that symbolizes India. It is unfortunate that your Government is trying to tamper with the King of vegetables by introducing the genetically modified version of the crop.

Sir, there is a genuine belief amongst the people of India that the Government of India looks out for their safety and well-being. By introducing a food-crop that is not fully-tested and there are questions regarding its safety, you will putting a lot of lives at risk – many who have little access to information about the potential negative effects of the crop and many more with no access to quality to health-care.

The Expert Committee of the Ministry of Environment and Forests has certified that this crop will not cross-pollinate with other non-GM varieties after assuming a planting distance of 300m. Such a large distance sounds very impractical for an Indian farm where landholdings are small and the fields are adjacent to each other.

The industry backed lobbying groups are using their advertising dollars to tell the world that there is a huge saving in moving to Bt-vareities of the crop. This is an absolute flat lie because farmers will spend a lot more on buying proprietary seeds from these companies and will be driven deeper into debt.If GM is a magic pill for the woes of the farmers, why is it that more and more farmers are committing suicide and many more are in penury even after they planted Bt.Cotton. Sir, I demand you protect the food sovereignty of India by kicking out the multinational food corporations whose profit-only approach has put many communities at risk.

Sir, most of your counterparts from Europe have banned cultivation of GM varieties and have taken strong stands against corporations like Monsanto and Syngenta hijacking the interests of the farmers and general public.I urge you to listen to the voices of the people who have attended the consultations and have overwhelmingly spoken against Bt.Brinjal.

Thanks
Sudarshan–

PS: If you need references for any of these facts, kindly feel free to write back and I can provide them for you

Written by Sudarshan Suresh

January 30, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Indian Brinjal Plants for Sale for below market prices

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Are you dreaming of a vegetable that will keep your country self sufficient, happy and rich?

Then this is truly Indian vegetable globalized over the ages is the answer for you- Brinjal or Eggplant or Aubergine

Have about 2500 varieties of this versatile plant that are available immediately for sale. Their colors vary from white to yellow or green as well as reddish-purple and dark purple.

You can mix and match between varieties of brinjal from kotti tale badane to mattu golla to salte begun to lamudhadha badane.

All varieties are proven in treating in type 2 diabetes and has anti-rhuematic and anti-tussive properties.

Letting go of these indigenous varieties as we are moving to an unproven, unsafe and deadly brinjal variety.

These varieties have to go as soon as possible before the people become aware of the dangers of the new variety.

We are a reputed seller of native plants and will guarantee high yields, safe produce and happy farmers.

Buyer needs to come and haul it. For an extra few cents, my boss Dr.Manmohan Singh will be available to dig up the plants and load them in your state aircraft.

Serious buyers only.

If you have questions or concerns, email me jairam@sansad.nic.in, jairam@vsnl.net mosef@nic.in

You can also call me at +91-11-24361727or+91-11- 24363958

Jairam Ramesh

Written by Sudarshan Suresh

January 19, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Masticating on the food crisis

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President Bush gives his expert opinion on the food crisis.

Bush now blames Indian middle class for rising food prices- Indicators-Economy-News-The Economic Times

“As you know, I’m a ethanol person,” he said. “I believe, as I told you, the interim step to getting away from oil and gas is to go to ethanol and battery technologies for your automobiles.”

“I think it makes sense for America to be growing energy. I’d much rather be paying our farmers when we go to the gas pump than paying some nation that may not like us,” Bush said.

Someone asked Dr. Manmohan Singh about his opinion and he has remained tightlipped. Apparently, he could not open his mouth due to all the food that Bush alleges that he has been eating

PM tightlipped about Bush’s ‘food crisis’ comment

However, he refused to comment on Bush’s statement,

A smart Move, Dr.Singh because it is really a moot point who is eating how much because we all know who are eating it all. If you did not know, read this dangerous piece by The Independent where the editor not only flirts with the real truth but goes to bed with it. Such progressive liberal writers can only be independent, the industry will never employ them 🙂

Multinationals make billions in profit out of growing global food crisis – Green Living, Environment – The Independent

The World Bank says that 100 million more people are facing severe hunger. Yet some of the world’s richest food companies are making record profits. Monsanto last month reported that its net income for the three months up to the end of February this year had more than doubled over the same period in 2007, from $543m (£275m) to $1.12bn. Its profits increased from $1.44bn to $2.22bn.

Cargill’s net earnings soared by 86 per cent from $553m to $1.030bn over the same three months. And Archer Daniels Midland, one of the world’s largest agricultural processors of soy, corn and wheat, increased its net earnings by 42 per cent in the first three months of this year from $363m to $517m. The operating profit of its grains merchandising and handling operations jumped 16-fold from $21m to $341m.

Written by Sudarshan Suresh

May 5, 2008 at 10:57 pm