Bangaloreans Join hands with the global movement against Monsanto and for safe Food

Say a loud NO to GMOs and corporatisation of food/farming systems

Press Release : Bangalore : 15 October 2013


Karnataka High Court Issues Notice in PIL Highlighting Egregious Biopiracy and Governmental Apathy

Meanwhile, Karnataka scandalously transfers prosecuting officers in biopiracy case

Press Release : Bangalore : 21 November 2012

The Principal Bench of the High Court of Karnataka (comprising Chief Justice Mr. Vikramjit Sen and Justice Mrs. B. V. Nagarathna) ordered issue of notice on 21 Nov 2012 in the Public Interest Litigation (Writ Petition No. 41532/2012) filed by Environment Support Group, Bangalore (ESG) and listed the matter for further consideration for the fourth week of January 2013.


Karnataka must not capitulate. Prosecute Monsanto/Mahyco and ors. for biopiracy

Reverse decision of Karnataka Biodiversity Board to stop investigation on ESG's complaint of biopiracy

Press Release : Bangalore : 7 February 2012


We share with shock and utter dismay that the Karnataka State Biodiversity Board, a critical regulatory body to implement the Biological Diversity Act, has resolved recently that it will not initiate criminal prosecution against M/s Monsanto and M/s Mahyco and others involved in biopiracy while developing India's first GMO food: B.t. Brinjal. This decision was taken in the 19th meeting of the Board held on 20 January 2011.


Leo F. Saldanha, Bhargavi S. Rao, and Mallesh K. R.
Environment Support Group

National Biodiversity Authority to prosecute Mahyco/Monsanto and collaborators promoting Bt Brinjal in violation of Biodiversity Protection Law

Press Release : Bangalore : 11 August 2011

In an unprecedented, though much delayed, decision, the National Biodiversity Authority of India (NBA) has decided to initiate legal action against M/s Mahyco/Monsanto and their collaborators for accessing and using local brinjal varieties in developing Bt Brinjal without prior approval of the competent authorities.

Leo F. Saldanha
Bhargavi S. Rao

Bt Brinjal

Environment Minister’s Decision on Bt Brinjal Welcome, Scientifically Sound, but Sketchy and Legally Weak

Press Release : Bangalore : 10 February 2010

The decision of the Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests (I/C), Mr. Jairam Ramesh, to place a moratorium on the clearance accorded by Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC), to the environmental release of the Bt brinjal variety developed by M/s Mahyco (an Indian seed company with substantial investment from US multinational, Monsanto) is without doubt an historic decision that is a triumph for public opinion and rational decision-making. We acknowledge the unprecedented action of Mr.

Watch Al Jazeera's The Stream special on ESG's biopiracy case against Monsanto and its implications for agriculture and food security

Derrick Ashong, musician and social entrepreneur, hosted this online programme aired on 24 January 2012

Press Release : Bangalore : 24 January 2012

Al Jazeera's The Stream special focussing on ESG's expose of Monsanto's biopiracy in India while advancing Bt Brinjal, covered a whole range of interconnected issues.

Watch the programme on You Tube.  (Duration: 45 mins.).