Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Public debate on GM foods in Bangalore

Greetings from " My Right to Safe Food"

“Right to choose safe food is a fundamental right of consumers in a democracy. Consumers must have informed choices.

To this effect, we have initiated a series of public debates on GM foods from 4th Dec 6pm onwards.

First interactive platform has been provided by BIC, a TERI initiative,
Please see their invite below, should anyone wish to register, please call 25359680 as the seating capacity is quite limited. It is First come First basis only.

Second initiative is courtesy The National Law School - 7th Dec 9.30am at their campus see invite below

Third, is courtesy CIVIC, organised at the IAT( queens road) on 7th Dec 3pm

Fourth, at Mount Carmels College on the 8th Dec 11.30am

Please join us and invite your network to understand the "Fate of our Food"

In solidarity

Sangita Sharma


4th Dec 6pm at Bangalore International Centre, Auditorium, Teri Complex, 4th Main Road, 2nd Cross, Domlur 2nd stage, Bangalore


National Law School of India University

In association with ‘My Right to Safe Food’ Bangalore

Invites you for a lecture on


Dr. Devinder Sharma
(Chairman, Forum for Bio-technology and Food Security)

Venue: I year LL M Class Room
Date : 7th December, 2009, (Monday)
Time: 9. 30 a.m. to 11.20 a.m.

Ms. Sangita Sharma,
Dr Jeevan Kumar


to a public discussion on

Genetically Modified (GM) Food Crop:
How does this matter to a common man?

On 14th October 2009, Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) granted permission for Indian farmers to grow a transgenic version of Brinjal (Bt Brinjal). A day later, Mr. Jairam Ramesh, India’s minister of environment and forests, said that permission for its cultivation will be given only after consulting “all stakeholders”. Ramesh says that the ministry will seek public comments until the end of the year and that he “will have a series of consultations with scientists, agriculture experts, farmers’ organizations, consumer groups and NGOs” in January and February 2010 before deciding whether to go forward.

There are various views floated by scientists, industry, farmers and consumer groups on the pros and cons of GM food crops. We believe that the ultimate user, the consumer needs to know more – from both the sides. This public discussion will attempt to answer the following from the perspective of scientists, farmers/growers, industry and consumers.
1. What are GM Food Crops? What is its relevance for a common man or consumer?
2. Do we need GM Food/Crop in India? Will it help eradicate hunger?
3. How safe is GM Food? Has it been fully tested for its safety for human and animal consumption?
4. Is the regulatory systems fool proof enough to ensure total bio safety?
5. How is it faring in other countries?
6. What is Karnataka States position on this?

We have the following distinguished speakers who will throw more light and answer
the common man.

Dr T Manjunath Agri-Biotechnology Consultant, Chairman Ex Director – Monsanto Research &

Dr.P.H.Ramanjinigowda Head – Dept of Biotechnology University of Agricultural Sciences Bangalore

Dr Devinder Sharma Chairman - Forum for Biotechnology and Food Security
Dr Narayan Reddy National awardee organic farmer

Date: 7th December, 2009 Time: 3PM to 6PM
Venue: Institution of Agricultural Technologists (IAT), Queen's Road, Bangalore 52.

Programme schedule:
3PM - Tea. 3.30PM to 4.30PM: Speech by panelists. 4.30PM to 6PM - Open house.


CIVIC ( is an organisation working with urban issues since 1992. It is a neutral platform for discussion and dialogue between public agencies and people.
Email: Ph: 08-22110584, 22711001

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