www.brinjal.org - Only 717 names appear on the website here whereas we know that many more are joining the fast, when we circulated this to a wide network, The interest shown by so many does not seem to reflect the same. We seem to have all lost the fire but please remember this is our last chance to protect our food sovereignty and let us unite and make the best of it.
Please forward it to your friends and circulate widely in all lists.
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Thousands of people all over India and the world are joining the National Day of Fast on Jan 30th - Gandhiji's anniversary. From Kerala to Delhi and Bengal to Gujarat in Inda, and Baton Rouge to Boston in the US (see list of events/locations below), they are opposing the introduction of genetically modified (GM) Bt Brinjal into the Indian markets. GM foods like Bt brinjal pose a large threat to health, agriculture and environment, and they need to be strongly opposed in order to preserve farmers' self-reliance and control over seeds and agriculture, and protect the consumers' access to safe healthy food.
You can take part in the National Day of Fast from wherever you are, from home or office or street! Please click on http://brinjal.org/ to sign up for the fast or lighting a candle.
More than 500 people have already joined online, in addition to the thousands who cannot access the web but plan to join on the street. Consumers, scientists, medical community, public servants, and even government agencies are joning at this historic juncture. It is your turn to join the effort to protect all our food.
Bt Brinjal is made by inserting a toxin-producing gene from the Bt bacteria into the brinjal plant. India is the first country where the seed companies are trying to introduce Bt brinjal, and indeed the first time a directly consumed vegetable is being modified. Animals grazing in Bt cotton fields have died or faced serious illnesses, and introducing this technology into our own food is very risky for health, bio-safety and environment.
Groups organizing fasts and candle light vigils to Stop Bt Brinjal in various towns and cities have sent us their locations that are appended below. If you plan to organize a gathering on jan 30 please send an email to aidsite@gmail .com to be listed on the brinjal.org site with the rest of the locations.
The brinjal.org site is carrying daily updates of the evolving response to BT Brinjal through National Consultations and actions prior to Jan 30 as well. Several state governments representing the bulk of the brinjal growing states have already decided to say no to Bt Brinjal.
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Locations for Jan 30 Fast Last updated on Jan 25, 2010, 5:30 PM IST
[We have received interest in solidarity fast/vigil actions from International locations; we highly encourage the same and request all International locations to send details about their vigils].
Gujarat Fast in public places in following cities -- VADODARA, AHMEDABAD, RAJKOT, BHAVANAGAR AND BHUJ CONTACT Kapil Shah at Jatan Trust Phone: 0091-265-2371429 E-MAIL: email@example.com
Andhra Pradesh Farmers and pastoralists who are members of the Mahila Brathukuderuvu Sangham and Mekala-Gorrela Pempakadharlu Sangham of Medak District - will be fasting on 30th Jan 2010- at Narsapur and Narayankhed Taluka. (They will join the ongoing relay-hunger strike in Telangana region with the additional issue of saying "We do not want Bt Brinjal" in Telangana, and the rest of the country). Farmers and Pastoralists will be fasting on 30th Jan 2010 at Kalahasthi, Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh. Adivasi Aikya VEdika- a platform for Adivasi Peoples organisations in Telangana and Andhra regions- will be fasting on 30th Jan 2010 at the following regions: Adilabad, Khammam, East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Srikakulam Contact for above: Sagari R Ramdas E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Run against BT Brinjal on Jan 30 at NTR Gardens and Necklace Rd in Hyderabad. Contact:
Orissa: 12 districts will observe the National day of Fast: Baripada, Sundargarh, Malkangiri, Phulbani, Koraput, Nayagarh, Nuapada, Bargad, Jagatsinghpur, Ganjam, Sambalpur, and Kendrapada. Dr Damodar Rout, State Agriculture Minister, has agreed to join in the fast in Bhubaneswar. The organizers of the two day National Convention on Peace , Non Violence and Communal Harmony on the 30th and 31st January at BBSR are seriously thinking to give a call their delegates to participate in this fast .
Contact: Jagannath at email@example.com Phone: 0674-2430176
West BengalAt the Kolkata Book Fair, Hall Number 1, Stall No. 20 (The Earthcare Books Stall). The Kolkata Book Fair (Boi Mela) will be at the Milan Mela ground opposite Science City in Kolkata. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tamilnadu In Thiruvaroor, Farmers, expectedly about 2000 mainly from the districts of Tanjavur, Thiruvaroor and Nagapattinam, would join on a Fast led by Dr Nammalvar. There would also be a call given to all families in the district to undertake a solidarity fast, wherever they are.
Contact : R Jayaraman, CREATE :09443320954
Sheelu Francis of TN Women's Collective and FEDCOT (federation of consumers organisations) are together organising the hunger fast in the following districts: Chennai, Kancheepuram, Vellore, Thiruvannamalai, Salem, Madurai, Theni / Dindhugal, Tutucorin, Thirunelveli, Kanyakumari. Apart from joining these events, SFA is organising a relay rally across Chennai city. (The current plan is to carry brinjals on push carts / bamboo baskets / cycles (with signs) in the rally from several points across the city all ending at the beach where we plan to have some kind of a culminating event. The plan is still evolving and we wil post more information when plans firm up.) Contact: Sangeetha email@example.com
If you or your group is organizing a fast please inform firstname.lastname@example.org to be listed here.