Big protest planned against GM mustard

New Delhi: A large number of people from different parts of the country will assemble here at Jantar Matar on October 25 to protest against GM mustard and other such Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), an official said.

Organisations like All India Agricultural Workers Union, All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture (ASHA) and Azadi Bachao Andolan will organise the protest march which will have people from over 20 states in the country, a statement said.

“Joining the protest will be leaders from various political parties, all major farmer and farm workers’ unions, trade unions, honey industry representatives, people’s movements and other civil society formations. Scientists and other experts will be joining them in support and solidarity,” it said.

The protest comes in the backdrop of Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) moving ahead with approval processes related to GM mustard in India without publishing the full biosafety data in the public domain or giving adequate time for independent scrutiny of such data, the statement added.