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Complaint to GEAC for GM Soybean LMO Import

This is our complaint letter to GEAC regarding GM soybean LMO import in India. ——————————————————————————————————————– To:   Shri Arun Kumar Mehta, The Chairperson, Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC), Ministry for Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Indira Paryavaran Bhawan, Jor Bagh, New Delhi – 110001 January 31st 2018   Subject: Urgent action demanded on illegal GM […]

Our complaint on import of GMOs and GM foods illegally, in violation of DGFT Notification

GM soybean seeds and food material is being imported illegally in India. Below is our complaint letter to DGFT regarding illegal import of GM soybean seeds and GM food material. ————————————————————————— To:   Director General of Foreign Trade, Udyog Bhawan, H-Wing, Gate No-02, Maulana Azad Road, New Delhi – 110001 31st January 2018   Subject: Complaint on […]

Coalition’s Letter & Presentation to “Field Inspection and Scientific Evaluation Committee” looking into illegal Herbicide Tolerant (HT) Cotton in India

Civil society representatives were called to a meeting of a new Committee called FISEC (Field Inspection and Scientific Evaluation Committee) which was set up at the PMO’s behest to look into illegal GM HT cotton cultivation in India. There have been years and years of inaction on this by our regulators incl. state agriculture departments. […]

Thanks to GEAC, for running the Great Indian Circus in the name of GMO regulation

———- Forwarded message ———- From: GM Free India <indiagmfree@gmail.com> Date: 26 October 2017 at 13:49 Subject: Our thanks to GEAC, for running the Great Indian Circus in the name of GMO regulation To: geac.secretariat@gov.in, asap.moefcc@gov.in, gyanesh.bharti@ias.nic.in, Madhumita Biswas <mbiswas2012in@gmail.com>, membersecretarygeac@gmail.com Cc: kveluthambi@rediffmail.com, crb26@hotmail.com, sesikeran B <sesikeran@gmail.com>, nppbg@pau.edu, kk.sinha@nic.in, srrao@dbt.nic.in, aptesk@barc.gov.in, ddgcs.icar@nic.in, js_sandhuin@yahoo.com, kumarv@icmr.org.in, sonti@ccmb.res.in, Swati_sri_2002@yahoo.com, […]

Coalition responds to NAAS’s “report” in defence of GM mustard

———- Forwarded message ———- From: GM Free India <indiagmfree@gmail.com> Date: 11 September 2017 at 14:17 Subject: Response to NAAS’s report “Falsehoods perpetrated by GM technology bashers on GM mustard” To: naas@vsnl.com Cc: panjabsingh03@yahoo.com, drhrshvardhan@gmail.com, ps2mefcc@gov.in Dear NAAS scientists, Please find pasted below, and attached a response from the Coalition for a GM-Free India, to your […]

IMPROVING INDIA’S RAPESEED – MUSTARD YIELDS SUBSTANTIALLY, SUSTAINABLY & SAFELY

  New Delhi, August 31st 2017: At a time when the highly-controversial and hazardous transgenic technology is sought to be applied to Mustard, citing India’s edible oil import crisis[i], farmers from a few states came to the national capital to present from first-hand experience how rapeseed-mustard yields can be boosted substantially, deploying safe, sustainable and […]

“Not a coincidence that several credible committees are asking for stopping of introduction of GM crops into India” – Coalition for a GM-Free India

New Delhi, August 26th 2017: Reacting to the 301st report of the Parliamentary Committee on Science & Technology, Environment & Forests headed by Ms Renuka Chowdhury on GM crops in India, the Coalition for a GM-free India pointed out that it is no coincidence that credible committees are asking for stopping of introduction of GM […]

“No need to dilly dally on a simple, public interest and promised decision to be taken: Say NO to GM mustard” – Coalition for a GM-Free India to Government of India

New Delhi, July 31st 2017: The Coalition for a GM-free India, a pan-Indian informal alliance of more than 150 organisations, urged the Government of India to reject the GM mustard environmental release application without any further delay. Reacting to the Government’s statement in the Supreme Court that it has not yet taken a policy stand […]

Prominent Economists Write to PM on Environmental Release of GM Mustard

From: Sudarshan Iyengar <sudarshan54@gmail.com> Date: 30 July 2017 at 06:54 Subject: Environmental Release of GM Mustard To: narendramodi1234@gmail.com, connect@mygov.nic.in, indiaportal@gov.in Cc: info@drharshvardhan.com, drhrshvardhan@gmail.com, ps2mefcc@gov.in, rsc-st@sansad.nic.in, am.krishi@nic.in, radhamohansingh@radhamohansingh.com July 29th 2017 To, Hon. Prime Minister, Government of India, South Block, Raisina Hill, New Delhi 110 011.   Sub: Environmental Release of GM Mustard Dear Prime Minister, […]

Coalition writes to PM on how “conditional” approval to GM mustard is unfeasible

———- Forwarded message ———- From: GM Free India <indiagmfree@gmail.com> Date: 28 July 2017 at 16:58 Subject: “Conditional Approval” for environmental release of GM mustard To: narendramodi1234@gmail.com, connect@mygov.nic.in, indiaportal@gov.in Cc: info@drharshvardhan.com, drhrshvardhan@gmail.com, ps2mefcc@gov.in, rsc-st@sansad.nic.in,am.krishi@nic.in To: Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India.   Dear Sir, Sub: Recommendation of a regulatory body for ‘environmental release’ or commercial […]

Eminent doctors of India write to PM asking him to reject the ‘environmental release’ application of GM mustard

To:                                                                                                                          July 27, 2017 Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India.   Dear Sir, Sub: Reject the “environmental release” application of GM mustard Namaste. We write to you as concerned members of the medical fraternity of India, with regard to the possible approval to an application by Delhi University with the Ministry for Environment, Forests […]

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