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India files biopiracy lawsuit against Monsanto, says biotech giant is stealing nature for corporate gain more

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer

Learn more:http://www.naturalnews.com/033714_biopiracy_Monsanto.html#ixzz1aOtGwLiB

(NaturalNews) Representing one of the most agriculturally bio-diverse nations in the world, India has become a primary target for biotechnology companies like Monsanto and Cargill to spread their genetically-modified (GM) crops into new markets. However, a recentFrance 24report explains that the Indian government has decided to take an offensive approach against this attempted agricultural takeover by suing Monsanto for “biopiracy,” accusing the company of stealing India’s indigenous plants in order to re-engineer them into patented varieties.

Brinjal, also known in Western nations as eggplant, is a native Indian crop for which there are roughly 2,500 different unique varieties. Millions of Indian farmers grow brinjal, which is used in a variety of Indian food dishes, and the country grows more than a quarter of the world’s overall supply of the vegetable.

And in an attempt to capitalize on this popular crop, Monsanto has repeatedly tried to commercially market its own GM variety of brinjal called Bt brinjal. But massive public outcry against planned commercial approval of Monsanto’s “frankencrop” variety in 2010 led to the government banning it for an indefinite period of time.

But Monsanto is still stealing native crops, including brinjal, and quietly working on GM varieties of them in test fields, which is a clear violation of India’s Biological Diversity Act (BDA). So at the prompting of various farmers and activists in India, the Indian government, representing the first time in history a nation that has taken such action, has decided to sue Monsanto.

“This can send a different message to the big companies for violating the laws of the nation,” said K.S. Sugara, Member Secretary of the Karnataka Biodiversity Board, toFrance 24concerning the lawsuit. “It is not acceptable … that the farmers in our communities are robbed of the advantage they should get from the indigenous varieties.”

You can watch the fullFrance 24video report of India’s lawsuit against Monsanto here:
http://www.france24.com/en/20110921…

Farmers and active members of the public in India have been some of the world’s most outspoken opponents of Monsanto’s attempted GM takeover of agriculture. Besides successfully overturning the attempted approval of Bt brinjal, these freedom fighters have also successfully destroyed several attempted Monsanto GM test fields.

Learn more:http://www.naturalnews.com/033714_biopiracy_Monsanto.html#ixzz1aOsxr8h6

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New Delhi Organic/No-GMO food outlets. Vegetables, yes!

I had a tough time sorting out where to find Organic vegetables, grains, sweetner, pulses, ghee during my stay in New Delhi. I was able to finally find several very good resources.

VEGETABLES AND FRUIT

Navdanya food delivery: Once a week you can call 011-2685-4069 and order vegetables from Navdanya’s farm in Dehradun. On Friday they will deliver them to E-52 Hauz Khas Market, New Delhi 110016. For 1000 INR. you can have it delivered anywhere in Delhi. I got two huge bags of vegetables, including carrots, cabbage, spinach, tomatoes, potatoes, garlic, turnips, onions, green chillies, ginger, corriander leaves and beans.  (500 INR large bag!) You can also order guavas and mushrooms. Seasonal food.

DRY FOODS, OILS, PULSES, SUGAR

Organic Cafe and Dilli Haat Navdanya Organic food outletNavdanya has a Slow Food cafe at Dillie Haat. You can buy seeds, pulses, sugar, legumes, wheat, rajma, nuts, and other dry foods. There location is at Dillie Hatt (Opp. INA Market) New Delhi Ph: 65343067

Navdanya Hauz Khas: also has a location at E-52, Hauz Khas Market, New Delhi where you can buy antibiotic free honey, shukar, spices, pulses, wheat ground and whole, channa, plantable seeds and aloe vera juice,

Down To Earth Organic Food @ SUREKA STORE: A total surprise in Noida. Amazing prices on 5kg of Organic Atta from Rajastan, Jaggery with lots of minerals, spices, coconut oil, dehydrated poders, herbs, snacks, cereals, beans, ghee, honey and pulses. Other flours also available. This is the only place I have been able to find Organic coconut oil!!! Located at:

SUREKA STORE Shop No. 7 Opp. F-51, Indra Market (Behind Rama Tent) Sector-27 NOIDA 201301 Mob: 9873222137. Other locations available and http://www.morakaorganic.com  and http://www.downtoearthorganic.com

The only downside is that it is all sourced from Rajastan and not locally. The quality is amazing and they are certified Organic by USDA,  EU Standards for Organic Certification, NPOP (Government of India), and OneCert Asia Agri. Certification Pvt. Ltd. Claims GMO-Free. Upside: Competatively priced with conventional foods.

ORGANIC FOOD BARS

Nourish Organics: Many outlets http://www.nourishorganicfoods.com

Expensive!

I will post more as I am directly able to access the products and prices. I am currently eating from all these sources. Yum!