Year: 2014


New Delhi, Decembery 5th 2014: Jivo Canola oil, the largest importer of Canadian Rapeseed or Canola Oil in India, has been asked to withdraw or modify its advertisements latest by the 15th of December, by the Advertising Standards Councils of India. ASCI has concluded that the claims that genetically engineered Canola oil consumption is the […]

Urgent MoEFCC intervention demanded to stop illegal entry of Bt brinjal from Bangladesh

To:                                                                                                           December 2nd 2014 Shri Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India. Dear Sir, Sub: Immediate intervention sought from your Ministry on illegal transboundary entry of Bt brinjal into India from Bangladesh – reg. Namaste! This is to bring to your kind attention fresh concerns with GMOs and threat […]

Citizens’ groups force authorities to initiate a dialogue on GM field trials – People’s Movements in Maharashtra declare a Jan Andolan against GM field trials; Demand that the trials be halted immediately

October 29, 2014, Rahuri/Ahmednagar/New Delhi: The opposition to open air field trials of Genetically Modified (GM) crops in Maharashtra, the only state in the country where such controversial experiments are being undertaken, reached a new height with representatives of numerous people’s movements from across Maharashtra assembling at the Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth (MPKV), Rahuri, demanding […]

Maharashtra jeopardises India’s biodiversity & food sovereignty: Only state to permit GM Field trials in the country

Farmers, Scientists, Activists demand an immediate halt of open GM trials that pose a threat to food safety and environment of the entire nation Pune,16th October, 2014: On World Food Day today, farmers, scientists, consumer activists, environmentalists, celebrities and citizens from all walks of life joined hands to demand that open trials of controversial Genetically […]

GM Field trials in Maharashtra need to be stopped immediately: Open Statement

GM crops are one of the most controversial technologies in agriculture – there is growing scientific evidence on its adverse impacts on health, biodiversity, farm livelihoods etc. A glimpse of the early warnings from scientific studies related to adverse impacts of GMOs which require a precautionary principle to be adopted with this technology is available […]

Letter to the District Collector, Ahmednagar demanding stopping of the GM Maize field trials in the district

Ahmednagar, 10/10/2014. To The District Magistrate, Ahmednagar District, Maharashtra. Dear Sir, Sub: Seeking your urgent action to stop the open air field trials of Genetically Modified (GM) crops in Rahuri Namaste! This is to seek you attention and urgent action on open field trial of Genetically Modified (GM) crops, in particular, the GM maize of […]

Gujarat Govt joins other states, says will not permit Field trials of GM food crops in the state. Coalition for a GM Free India urges Mr. Prakash Javadekar, the Minister for Environment, Forests & Climate Change to stop open air GM trials in the country.

New Delhi: October 9, 2014: In the latest development on the raging debate around open trials of the controversial Genetically Modified (GM) crops in India, the Gujarat state govt communicated formally that No Objection Certificate (NOC), will not be given for any GM food crops in the state. The NOC is a statutory requirement from […]

Coalition for a GM Free India writes to Prakash Javadekar, Urges him to stop field trials after media expose shows rampant irregularities

New Delhi, 10/09/14. To, Shri Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Government of India. Dear Sir, Sub: Evidence of regulatory apparatus in shambles emerges once again – Seeking immediate intervention to stop field trials of GM crops happening in the country – Reg. Namaste! Just as a crucial Supreme Court hearing […]

Coalition for a GM Free India writes to Dr Sanjeev Baliyan, MoS, Agriculture, Govt of India correcting him on his statement on safety of GM crops

New Delhi, 13/08/2014. Dr Sanjeev Baliyan, MoS, Ministry of Agriculture, Govt of India. Dear Sir, Sub: Raising concerns on your statement in the Parliament on safety of GM crops. Namaste! We are writing to you with serious concern regarding the statements you have been giving in the Parliament on GM crops. It is indeed unfortunate […]

GEAC's recent clearances for GM field trials: An Analysis by Coalition for a GM-Free India

Problems with GEAC’s decisions and recent field trial approvals In the recent past GEAC has held four meetings at close intervals and approved numerous field trials. The Coalition for a GM-Free India has already put out two media statements explaining why these clearances are objectionable and these can be accessed here: and While […]

Letter from eminent Indian scientists to the Prime Minister advising caution against GM crops

New Delhi, 1/08/2014. To Shri Narendra Modi, The Prime Minister Govt of India Dear Sir, Sub: Bringing to your notice the science based concerns on the environmental release of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and urging your action to stop them. Reg: We are writing this to bring to your attention the serious concerns of the […]

Coalition for a GM-Free India demands Prakash Javadekar stop flip-flopping on the regulatory clearance, and Say NO to GM field trials

New Delhi, July 30th, 2014: The Coalition for a GM-Free India today demanded that the government be decisive in stopping all approvals for field trials of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) in the country. The Coalition, consisting of more than 400 groups across 22 states also reminded the Bharatiya Janata Party government of its promise in […]

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