Staff Reporter

DINDIGUL: Genetically modified seeds are not good for the environment and biodiversity. Multinational companies have been trying to introduce Bt Brinjal, an essential food crop for common people.

The State Government should not to allow Bt Brinjal, developed by a multinational company, in the State. Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi should pressure the Centre not to allow it or any other genetically modified seeds that would spoil the country's economy and the livelihood of the people, said S. Nammalvar, chairman of the Tamil Nadu Movement for Protection of Livelihood Resources.

He was addressing a meeting of the executive committee of the movement here on Sunday.

Mr. Nammalwar said the movement planned to launch a signature campaign. The Uttaranjal Government promised not to allow such varieties in the State, after protests from farmers.

Mr.Nammalwar said the country had been facing a crisis owing to Bt. cotton. Andhra Pradesh farmers were the worst affected; over 1,500 cattle died after the variety. Even in Tamil Nadu, farmers who raised this variety incurred a huge loss due to poor yield.

Many speakers appealed that the Government should encourage organic farming. It should also make polluting industries to pay compensation to farmers.

Tamil Nadu Environment Council convener L. Antonysamy called upon the Union Health and Environment Ministries to direct the Genetically Modified Technology Approval Authority not to clear Bt. brinjal.