Next time you are asked to eat up your vegetables, find out if it was organically cultivated. Ask if pesticides were used. Try to eat healthy to stay healthy. GM is a science that works to bring in changes in the genetic makeup of organisms like plants, animals or seeds. Basically it is about altering their natural state.

How many times were you convinced that vegetables, notably of the green variety were designed to kill? For once you might just be right.

Genetically Modified (GM) vegetables are making their way to India. In fact, many of our fields are already full of crops from seeds that have been processed.

To find out more about the onslaught of GM crops, a serious health threat, Mahesh Bhatt (filmmaker) and Ajay Kanchan (director) have put together a 28-min documentary “Poison on the Platter” – showing how these crops mean the end of healthy choices for India.

Making changes

Prakriti Foundation with the NGO Restore, in a recent awareness session, had a screening of this film and discussion for the Vidyodaya School students.

GM is a science that works to bring in changes in the genetic makeup of organisms like plants, animals or seeds. Basically it is about altering their natural state.

Genetically modified crops are rapidly finding their way into our fields. The first among them, Bt Brinjal, is going to be marketed in less than a few months. They spell disaster in the long run to unsuspecting consumers. Children, since they are at a growing stage, are especially at risk.

The film asks a simple question: If 180 countries world over have either banned or passed laws against GM foods, then why is India even remotely considering them?

The images of fried chicken evoked loud cheers from the eager audience. But the news isn’t good.

“How do we identify GM foods?” was the foremost question among the viewers.

In the absence of proper labelling, the segregation between GM and non-GM food items is nearly impossible, especially when they reach the market. That’s why it’s important to know where your food comes from. Is it grown organically, that is without the help of harmful pesticides?

Ultimately, it lies in our hands to be safe.

Some tips to eat healthy

Make your parents aware of the serious health threat posed by GM foods. Insist on food grown without pesticides.

Reject foodstuff that claims to have a long shelf life. Because companies pump such foodstuff with chemicals and eating this can have long-term repercussions.

Restrict intake of processed food.

Google “Terrace gardens”. A small bit of ground can produce great vegetables. All it takes is patience. Swap for variety with your neighbour.

Make your meals colourful by including different vegetables and not ketchup.