The position of Dr Suman Sahai of 'Gene Campaign' is often portrayed by pro-biotech proponents as one of simplistic support for the technology (see, for example, the John Innes Centre's account of her views: http://members.tripod.com/~ngin/biospin.htm). This backfired on them at the Edinburgh OECD conference where Dr Sahai made a scathing attack on agbiotech as currently promoted.
Action sought against NGO for supplying GM foods
NEW DELHI: A Delhi-based NGO has demanded "punitive action" against an international NGO, Care India, claiming it supplied Genetically Modified (GM) food for the integrated child development services.
"If firm action is not taken against against them (Care India), it would open up the door for every fly-by-night operator to smuggle in whatever they want, as the law would cease to be taken seriously," Dr Suman Sahai of Gene Campaign said.
India is officially a GM-free country as it does not grow genetically modified crops and does not allow the import of GM food in any form, Sahai said, urging the government to take "firm action" against Care India.
"Care India's mixing of the banned GM food in its food aid programme is not the result of careless contamination, but a wilful and knowing decision in direct contravention of Indian law," Sahai claimed in a release.
Consumers in Europe and US have boycotted GM foods out of fear that it might have an adverse effect on the environment and on human health, the release said. (PTI)