Growing Voices are a EuropaBio initiative aiming to highlight the broad based and growing constituency of interest in genetically modified (GM) crops in Europe.
GM mustard is the novelty for increasing productivity of this important oilseed crop. "GM mustard has followed all regulatory tests as prescribed by the Government. It is safe. It is now our turn to support this technology that is our own. Please allow GM mustard cultivation in the country. It is now or only now to say YES to GM mustard," writes Govind Gujar, who started the petition.
Genetic modification is a long-standing method used by breeders and plant scientists to improve agricultural products. Nevertheless, a growing number of companies are moving towards excluding GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) in their products. That some restaurants and retailers would leverage a minority opinion against GM products, in the face of overwhelming credible scientific evidence that indicates their safety, is irresponsible.
Vitamin A deficiency causes blindness and the death of 2 million children every year in the poorest regions of the world, where the main or only food is rice. Golden Rice is a genetically modified rice producing beta-carotene (converted to Vitamin A in the human body) in high concentration.
Tell Greenpeace not to oppose one of the necessary solutions to fight against Vitamin A deficiency and support Golden Rice field trials condemning any attempts to destroy them!
Plant science often appears on social media for the wrong reasons, with fictitious scare stories about ‘frankenfoods’. We need to show people that plant scientists are dedicated people trying to find solutions to the big problems facing the world – hunger, malnutrition and environmental protection. The best way we can do this is by showing them the faces of people like us who are proud to work in plant sciences and what we get up to on a day-to-day basis. This is science, not fiction.
So get involved using the hashtag #mybiotech on Twitter and tell us where your interest comes from and why your research project might change the world for the better. Or why not take of picture of you and your research to create a plant #selfie.
A high-level panel of politicians, researchers and campaigners including Owen Paterson (Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK) and Patrick Moore (a founding and former member of Greenpeace) called for European consumers to engage more proactively in the GM debate, at the launch of the new Growing Voices online platform.