On the eve of the 67 th Independence day, Safe Food Alliance, Tamil Nadu which is one of the constituents of the Coalition for a GM-free India and ASHA (Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture) urged the TN Chief Minister Dr. J.Jayalalithaa to hoist a national flag made of non-Bt cotton on 15th August this year.

It is 10 years since Bt Cotton was introduced in India / Tamil Nadu . That is the only Genetically Modified crop (though rated non food crop) allowed and it is time the Govt and policy makers think through it strongly and see the stark realities.

Bt cotton was officially approved for cultivation in Tamil Nadu in 2002, when the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee, the apex regulatory body pertaining to transgenics (renamed as Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee in 2010) allowed three Bt cotton hybrids to be cultivated in the southern zone of cotton cultivation in India.This is a re

Press report of the meeting held on June 14th at Sr.Helen hall, Stella Maris college following lectures by Dr. Veena Shatrugna, National Adviser on Nutrition to the Supreme Court Commissioner on Food Security and Dr.Suresh, Supreme Court appointed Adviser for Tamil Nadu to the Supreme Court commissioner on Food Security.