On the occasion of World Rural Women’s Day and World Food Day, we the women belonging to Kovalam, a small village in the State of Kerala , India , share our concern about the way our right to produce safe food and keep our environment intact for our children is taken away by the goverenments and big companies.
While we are trying to rejuvenate our land and water by taking away hazardous pesticides and fertlizers and other toxic materials and trying to protect our seeds, we understand that our national government is in the process of giving permission to genetically modified food crops like Bt Brinjal, Golden rice, GM potatoes and GM mustard . This is a violation of our fundamental right to produce our food which is culturally and ecologically appropriate to our life. We, who have the capability to produce good quality food for our country totally oppose this introduction of genetically modified seeds which are proved to be hazardous to environment and our own health and which are owned by multinational companies.
On this day we declare our village as a GM-Free village where we will not allow any genetically modified seed to enter our village and genetically modified food to enter our kitchen and we the producers of non-chemical food will start spreading this message to our sisters , both producers and consumers of our state.
For the women organic farmers of Kovalam
H-3 Jawahar Nagar, Kawdiar,
Thiruvananthapuram - 695003,
Ph : +91-471-2727150, 5543001