"We will also extensively engage with college students and working professionals to spread awareness. Our view is that safeguarding biodiversity, human health and farm livelihoods is of utmost importance," said Krishnan.
The GM and Bt issue has been under a wave of controversy, latest being the five-member technical expert committee appointed by the
Activists say there is scientific evidence to show that GM and Bt can have ill-effects on the environment, human and animal health.
The anti-GM coalition also recently wrote to Veerappa Moily, the new Union minister for environment and forests, to take a prudent and precautionary approach on this issue.
Activists said there is a lot of pressure from corporates to rekindle the GM and Bt crops stalemate. "The biotech lobby has been screaming that GM crops are an answer to the food security issues, which is not true," says Saigal.
Biotech experts on the other hand have argued that sufficient regulatory mechanisms are in place, just that people are not aware of them.
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