I just signed a petition asking Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to stop the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI) Bill from being passed.
This bill will create a body which will single-handedly clear all genetically modified (GM) crops. Public opposition made the Karnataka government ban field trials of GM crops in the state recently. Now we need to get the national government to stop this bill.
You should ask Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to stop the dangerous BRAI bill too:
Our government is working on a disastrous recipe. It’s a bill that will place genetically modified (GM) food on our plates, without our knowledge.
The Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI) bill
can be tabled anytime in this monsoon session of Parliament. The bill, which is not even public, is being pushed in a hasty and secretive
fashion. According to an earlier version leaked by the media, the bill will create a centralised non transparent body which will become the sole approver for GM crops. 
By being secretive, the government
is only creating
about the intention of the bill. Public opposition
helped stop Bt Brinjal, last year.
Now we need to get the national government to stop this bill and save our food.
You should ask Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to stop this bill because it is not transparent.
Opposition from people against GM crops in Karnataka made the government declare a ban on the field trials of GM crops in the state. 
This can be achieved again. Support from lakhs of people will help put pressure on
to stop this bill.
The last known draft of the bill
had a clause which allowed BRAI to escape
the purview of Right to Information
If the bill is passed as is, we will not be able to stop genetic modification of 56 other crops
in the pipeline.
Ask the PM to stop this bill now!
Thanks a billion!
Sustainable Agriculture Campaigner
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- A law unto itself, www.outlookindia.com, March 8, 2010
- India says no to Bt brinjal, for now, www.rediff.com, February 9, 2010
- No GM trials in State: Katti, Deccan Herald, July 20, 2011
- Biotech Bill: Sweeping powers, glaring omissions, www.rediff.com, March 11, 2010
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