Greenpeace activists demand ban on genetically modified foodJune 19th, 2008 - 10:14 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi , June 19 (ANI): Activists of environment pressure group Greenpeace held a demonstration in New Delhi on Thursday protesting the presence of Genetically Modified (GM) ingredients in food products, harmful for humans.
They said that tests conducted at an independent laboratory on products picked up randomly from a supermarket in New Delhi , revealed that Pepsico’s Doritos corn chips contain genetically modified Mon 863 and NK603 variety corn ingredients.
The activists were trying to draw the attention of Union Health Minister Dr. Ramadoss to this grave health hazard created by the dumping genetically modified food, flooding the Indian market. They said that despite being tipped off around a month ago he failed to take action against the errant people.
The activists marched on the busy street in front of the strategic government building carrying yellow coloured banner reading No to GE food (Genetically Engineered) written on it. They also piled up genetically modified packets of the food articles in front of the ministry.
To highlight the cause of genetically modified food we are back to tell him (Dr. Ramadoss) that we want his attention and action now. We want that all genetically modified food being sold in the market should be withdrawn from the shelves of the supermarkets and confiscated and the import screening should be stringent which is not happening today, said Rajesh Krishnan, Campaigner, Sustainable Agriculture, and Greenpeace India .
India has a law prohibiting the sale of genetically modified food products without the permission of Genetic Engineering Approval Committee. However, the implementation of the law is lax.
It (Genetically modified food) has very detrimental effects and can even lead to unpredictable health hazards in living organisms. Studies are going on in western countries on Genetically Modified food articles. Some have banned the product and are very strict about the laws. Even in India we have laws in place but unfortunately despite that, this product has entered the market, said Surya, a Green Peace activist.
The debate that ensued led many countries in Europe, including France and Romania , to stop the cultivation of GM corn. None of these varieties have been approved in India for human consumption. (ANI)
- 500 kg of baingan ka bharta to protest BT Brinjal! - Sep 04, 2011
- Greenpeace alert on genetically modified corn in Indian food products - May 02, 2008
- Ban on GM crops' field trials in Karnataka demanded - Jul 04, 2011
- Herbicide tolerant GM crops pose serious health threat: Greenpeace - Aug 04, 2011
- 350-kg 'bharta' to oppose Bt brinjal - Sep 06, 2011
- Australian police raid Greenpeace's offices in Sydney - Jul 22, 2011
- 'Ban on Bt brinjal hurting Indian scientists' - Jan 26, 2011
- Parliamentary panel seeks probe into Bt Brinjal (Second Lead) - Aug 09, 2012
- Monsanto's violations in GM maize trials ignored: RTI reply - Feb 06, 2012
- Ban genetically modified crops: Greenpeace India - Oct 19, 2010
- Popular Indian foods have genetically modified components: Greenpeace - Sep 09, 2009
- Stop bill on genetically modified crops, NGOs tells PM - Sep 05, 2011
- GM rice tested on Chinese schoolchildren? - Sep 12, 2012
- Activists write to Ramesh against Monsanto - Jul 05, 2011
- Activists oppose commercial farming of Bt brinjal - Oct 16, 2009
Tags: busy street, campaigner, corn chips, detrimental effects, doritos, food articles, ge food, gm ingredients, greenpeace, greenpeace activists, health hazard, health hazards, health minister, independent laboratory, india india, living organisms, pressure group, rajesh krishnan, sustainable agriculture, western countries