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Taking about the legal aspect of the laws relating to food security and safety, social activist Hemant Goswami mentioned that way back in 1860 also the penal code provided safeguards against foods and eatables which can cause harm to human health or environment. Food Adulteration Act and Food Safety Act 2006 further assured the right of citizens to have safe food. However the commercial interests are trying to gain backdoor entry in the name of genetically modified crops and food by discarding all precautionary principals of food safety and security. Genetically modified food requires multi-generational tests as they have not evolved naturally. It would be dangerous to adopt anything as food until and unless it has been found to be safe for a minimum of three generation of any animal; at least the mice.
Criticizing the proposed Biotechnology Regulatory Authority Bill (BRAI), Hemant mentioned that, “The proposed BRAI bill largely takes care only of the multinational companies trying to dominate the food chain and push genetically engineered food to Indian consumers without proper food safety safeguards. The bill is not only anti people and anti farmer but also against the Constitutional provisions of Article 19 and 21. In absence of other safeguards, the rubber stamp BRAI will make us slaves of the powerful MNC’s and countries.”
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