Author: kavitha

Organic farmers hand over organic mustard oil to Agriculture Minister with the request to ensure that approval of gm mustard does not jeopardize this

Delegation of organic farmers from Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan meets Union Agriculture Minister and appeals for immediate hold on release of GM Mustard Under the aegis of Organic Farmers’ Association of India (OFAI) a delegation today (September 1, 2016) called upon the Union Minister of Agriculture, Sh Radha Mohan Singh and presented him with bottles […]

Joint Statement against GM Mustard in Chennai

விவசாயதலைவர்கள்மற்றும்சமூகஆர்வலர்கள்தமிழகஅரசைமரபணுகடுகுக்குஎதிராகமத்தியஅரசுக்குகடிதம்எழுதும்படிவற்புறுத்தல்.  தமிழகத்தின் பல்வேறு மாவட்டங்களிலிருந்தும் விவசாய தலைவர்கள், தமிழக வணிகர் சங்கம், பாதுகாப்பான உணவு மற்றும் சமூக ஆர்வரலர்கள் கலந்து கொண்டு மரபணு பயிர்கள் பற்றியும், குறிப்பாக மரபணு கடுகு பற்றியும் விரிவாக ஆலோசனை நடத்தினர்.  மரபணு பயிர்களின் கேடுகள் தெரிந்தும் இப்பொழுது மரபணு கடுகினை கொண்டுவர தயாராகும் மத்திய அரசுக்கு மரபணு பயிர்களை அனுமதிக்க வேண்டாமென மத்திய அரசுக்கு கடிதம் எழுதுமாறு தமிழக அரசை கேட்டுக்கொண்டனர். இந்த அதிமுக அரசு, தங்கள‌து தேர்தல் அறிக்கையில் மரபணு […]

Letter to GEAC and all presentations & other supporting material on GM mustard

On July 18th 2016, a 8-member delegation consisting of Yudhvir Singh, Rampal Jat, Dr Sharad Pawar, Dr Debal Deb, Kapil Shah, Rajesh Krishnan, Ananthoo and Kavitha Kuruganti made detailed presentations of their objections against and concerns with regard to GM mustard of Delhi University’s CGMCP. The GEAC, with Ms Amita Prasad, Additional Secretary, MoEFCC in […]

GM MUSTARD FRAUD AND HAZARDS EXPOSED IN SPECIAL GEAC MEETING: “We will not allow Indians to be made lab rats in an irreversible and irresponsible experiment” avow farm activists, scientists and others

New Delhi, July 18, 2016: Avowing to step up their resistance against any possible approval of GM mustard in India, farm activists, scientists and others who made detailed presentations to GEAC today in a specially convened meeting of the regulatory body, presented fresh evidence to drive home their point about the fraud and hazards of […]

Coalition writes to Minister Javadekar condemning GEAC’s behaviour and requesting him for time to listen to arguments and evidence about transgenic mustard hybrid DMH-11

———- Forwarded message ———- From: Kavitha Kuruganti <> Date: Tue, Jun 21, 2016 at 12:38 PM Subject: After inviting a “team” for a “discussion”, GEAC chooses not to listen to independent scientists, farmer leaders and consumer activists To: PRAKASH JAVADEKAR <> Cc: “” <>, “” <>, “” <>, “” <>, “” <>, “” <>, “” <>, “” […]

Coalition shows how Delhi University’s transgenic mustard hybrid DMH-11 is a SCIENTIFIC FRAUD in its R&D and testing

Erratum: The Coalition’s calculation of Male Sterility breakdown in Varuna barnase line, as described in Point 5 (i) in the letter below to the Ministers and PM is incorrect, and we regret this mistake from our side. The Ludhiana trial data shows that out of 10 branches of male sterile Varuna barnase selfed, 176 pods […]

Central Information Commission orders MoEFCC to provide biosafety dossier of GM mustard as well as data pertaining to all other GMOs in the pipeline

New Delhi, April 6th 2016: In Orders with far-reaching implications, the Central Information Commission (CIC) directed the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC), the apex regulatory body for GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) in India under the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change to verify and provide biosafety dossier of GM mustard as submitted by the […]

Coalition shows how DMH-11 was made to look good and higher-yielding!

GM MUSTARD TESTING RIGGED FOR UNSCIENTIFIC DECISION-MAKING:  DMH-11 YIELDS 10.4% TO 27.5% LESS THAN OTHER EXTENSIVELY TESTED CULTIVARS! YOU CAN DOWNLOAD A PDF COPY OF THIS NOTE HERE. This note prepared by the Coalition for a GM-Free India is about the R&D and testing of University of Delhi South Campus (UDSC)’s transgenic mustard hybrid DMH-11, funded […]

GM Mustard Testing Rigged For Unscientific Decision-Making: DMH-11 YIELDS 10.4% TO 27.5% LESS THAN OTHER EXTENSIVELY TESTED CULTIVARS! Enormous Risks Being Pushed by Crop Developers & Regulators On The Basis Of Unfounded and Exaggerated Claims Of Benefits

New Delhi, March 10th 2016: Releasing data from rapeseed-mustard seed testing evaluations from the country, and comparing it with the results being presented and claimed with regard to the controversial transgenic mustard hybrid DMH-11, the Coalition for a GM-Free India along with independent scientists, stated that GM mustard testing has been actively rigged unscientifically to […]

Response to Indian Express’s misleading biased piece on GM mustard

———- Forwarded message ———- From: Kavitha Kuruganti <> Date: Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 6:57 AM Subject: Harish Damodaran & Amitabh Sinha piece on GM mustard To: harish damodaran IE <>, Cc:,, The Indian Express <>, Dear Harish Damodaran and Amitabh Sinha, You have written a piece recently (on February 8th 2016, titled GM […]

On National Safe Food Day on Feb.9th, Coalition follows up with Shri Prakash Javadekar on his assurances.

To: Shri Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Government of India.   Dear Sir,   Sub: Meeting to discuss concerns with regard to transgenic technology and its regulation in India – reg.   Greetings! This is as a follow up to our meeting that emerged out of a citizens’ protest outside MoEFCC […]

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