Activists write to Ramesh against MonsantoJuly 5th, 2011 - 8:48 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 5 (IANS) Ahead of a Genetic Engineering Approval Committee meeting Wednesday, a group of activists has written to Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh demanding an immediate ban on field trials of genetically modified (GM) corn by US-based multinational seed major Monsanto.
Stating that the multinational has been involved in violation of biosafety norms, the activists have, through a signature campaign of over 250 people, demanded action against the company. The signatories include veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar, two former ministers of the Kerala government, two Padma Shri award winners and several other prominent personalities.
The letter also sought an order to stop all open air releases of genetically modified organisms in the research and development pipeline, including for field trials and seed production, and to fix liability on the regulators for their lapses and rid the regulatory body of conflict of interest.
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