Follow-on complaint on ongoing GM illegal imports (In EXIM Committee’s 235th meeting) and related issues

To:                                                                                                                      Director General of Foreign Trade, MoC&I Joint Director, Plant Quarantine, Plant Protection & Quarantine Services, MoA&FW Joint Secretary, Plant Protection, DAC&FW Director, National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, MoA&FW Chairperson, Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee, MoEF&CC Directorate, Plant Protection & Quarantine Services, MoA&FW CEO, FSSAI Secretary, MoH&FW 22nd October 2018 Dear Madam/Sir, Subject: Our concerns with […]

Coalition writes to FSSAI seeking concrete action, on CSE findings on illegal GM foods

———- Forwarded message ———- From: GM Free India <indiagmfree@gmail.com> Date: 1 August 2018 at 12:41 Subject: Urgent action on illegal GM foods in India – reg. To: ceo@fssai.gov.in Cc: hfwminister@gov.in, chairperson@fssai.gov.in To:                                                                                                                                          August 1st 2018   Shri Pawan Kumar Agarwal, Chief Executive Officer, Food Safety & Standards Authority of India, FDA Bhawan, near Bal Bhavan, […]

ILLEGAL GM FOODS FLOODING INDIA – “It is no longer a case of simple negligence or apathy, but adoption of an anti-citizen policy on GM foods”

ILLEGAL GM FOODS FLOODING INDIA – GOVERNMENT OF INDIA ACTIVELY JEOPARDISING HEALTH OF ALL INDIANS BY ALLOWING ILLEGAL HAZARDOUS GM FOODS, WITH REGULATORS AND ALL CONCERNED MINISTRIES KEEPING MUM “It is no longer a case of simple negligence or apathy, but adoption of an anti-citizen policy on GM foods”   New Delhi, July 26th 2018: Reacting to […]

Our letter to GEAC on its (facetious) so-called Review of GM mustard in its 134th meeting

———- Forwarded message ———- From: GM Free India <indiagmfree@gmail.com> Date: 14 May 2018 at 16:02 Subject: GEAC’s 134th meeting minutes – our serious concerns regarding the same To: sujata@nic.in, cm.krishna@gov.in, akmehta@nic.in Cc: geac.secretariat@gov.in, gyanesh.bharti@ias.nic.in, Madhumita Biswas <mbiswas2012in@gmail.com>, membersecretarygeac@gmail.com, 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, ppa@nic.in, ccb.cpcb@nic.in, jsseeds-agri@nic.in, […]

FSSAI’s draft labeling notice is inconsistent & ultra vires-Remember, GM foods are not permitted in India!

———- Forwarded message ———- From: GM Free India <indiagmfree@gmail.com> Date: 7 May 2018 at 08:29 Subject: Our comment on Draft Notice on Food Safety & Standards (labelling and display) Regulations 2018 To: regulation@fssai.gov.in To: Shri Pawan Kumar Agarwal Chief Executive Officer, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, 3rd Floor,  FDA Bhawan, Kotla Road, New […]

Regulators Pass Buck to Each Other & Other Ministries While Hundreds of Tonnes of Illegal GM Seed Import Takes Place Into India (English and Hindi Press Release)

New Delhi, May 2nd2018: Continuing the complaint-forwarding chain, Ministry of Commerce & Industry’s Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has asked Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC) and Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare to take actions on the illegal Genetically Modified (GM) seed import taking place in India. Ironically, while […]

Coalition complains to Centre on illegal import of multiple GM seeds and lack of action on confirmed GM soybean case from months ago

GEAC and DGFT prove to be irresponsible regulators “By not preventing illegal genetically modified seeds from entering the country, our regulators continue to dodge their responsibilities – jeopardizing environment and health of citizens” New Delhi, March 6th 2018: A recent complaint lodged with the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) and a Right To Information (RTI) […]

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 […]

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