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In Focus

Dr Vandana Shiva submits critique of GM Biosafety report

Press Release, 4 October 2016

Monsanto Quit India- Dr Vandana Shiva writes to members of Parliament of India seeking a a ban on Monsanto and GMOs

By Indra Shekhar Singh. 21st September 2016

GMO-Mustard Bio-safety Assessment: A Scientific Fraud on the Nation

by Dr Vandana Shiva, 17 September 2016

[…] GMO mustard — being pushed on India through a mega scientific fraud, only to open the doors for Bayer-Monsanto (MOBAY during the WorldWars) — is set to invade our ecosystems and farms, destroy our bio-diversity and food cultures, and undermine our Bio-safety & food sovereignty. […]


Poster – GMO Mustard – Bayer Patents, Pental Fraud

Six Points in Defense of Native Indian Mustard

June 2016 – Articles and Tweets

SIGN NOW the petition to stop GM Mustard in India

Read and Sign the Declaration of Satyagraha for Gandhi’s Ghani

On 31st July 2015—we continued the Sarson Satyagraha that we had started in 1998. We gathered in Rajghat to take a pledge that we will protect our mustard. We invite every citizen who cares about their food, their health, their nation, the biodiversity of this country, their farmers, to join the Sarson Satyagraha. Our Seed Freedom, our Food Freedom depends on staying free of GMO mustard.

“In 1998 India’s indigenous edible oils made from mustard, coconut, sesame, linseed and groundnut processed in artisanal cold-press mills were banned, using “food safety” as an excuse. The restrictions on import of soya oil were simultaneously removed. Ten million farmers’ livelihoods were threatened. One million oil mills in villages were closed. And millions of tons of artificially cheap GMO soya oil continue to be dumped on India. Women from the slums of Delhi came out in a movement to reject soya and bring back mustard oil. “Sarson bachao, soyabean bhagao” (save the mustard, drive away the soyabean) was the women’s call from the streets of Delhi. We did succeed in bringing back mustard through our “sarson satyagraha” (non-cooperation with the ban on mustard oil).”

Source: Resurgence No. 242 May/June 2007
From the speech delivered at the Terra Madre conference, Turin, Italy – Fall 2006
Learn more:
BOOK – Stolen Harvest, by Vandana Shiva
Chapter 2 Soy Imperialism and the Destruction of Local Food Cultures
2000 – South End Press

Events and Actions


People’s Assembly New Delhi: “GM Mustard: Emerging Issues”

New Delhi, 30 September 2016

Basant Panchami - Celebration of Mustard and the coming of Spring |

Basant Panchami: Welcoming Spring, Celebrating Organic Mustard Diversity

Navdanya Biodiversity Conservation Farm, 12 February 2016

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Farmers & citizens call to reject GM mustard

5 February 2016

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Satyagraha for Gandhi’s Ghani

30 January 2016


Satyagraha for Gandhi’s Ghani – Awareness Campaign | 16 – 18 December 2015

Sarson Satyagraha in Sarvar Village

Actions for Sarson Satyagraha in Rajasthan | 31 October – 3 November 2015

Allahabad, 24 October 2015

Actions for Sarson Satyagraha in Uttar Pradesh | 24 – 27 October 2015

Navdanya Biodiversity Conservation Farm

Navdanya World Food Day Celebrations and Events

including a video about Mustard – 16 October 2015

Actions for Sarson Satyagraha in Bihar and Jharkhand | 6 – 11 October 2015


Sarson (Mustard) Satyagraha

31st July 2015

Featured articles

Anna Swaraj (Food Freedom)

By Dr Vandana Shiva – The Asian Age, 30 December 2015

“Instead of regulating those selling unhealthy oils, the government is trying to close Gandhi’s ghani — producing pure oil in front of the eyes of consumers — because it does not have a lab attached to it”

GMO in my mustard

By Dr Vandana Shiva – The Asian Age, 11 August 2015

In the News

Development And India: Why GM Mustard Really Matters 

By Colin Todhunter –, 23 January 2017

GM Mustard in India? Five unanswered questions

By Prof. Gilles Eric Séralini and Chef Jérôme Douzelet, 5 October 2016

Opposers Might Move Supreme Court Against Release of GM Mustard for Cultivation

Smart Indian Agriculture, October 2016

Long-term impact of GM mustard on health not studied: Gilles-Éric Seralini

Interview with Molecular biologist and anti-GM Activist
Business Standard, 3 November 2016

Anti-GM activists question safety assessment by green ministry panel’

The Telegraph, 15 September 2016

GM mustard: SC panel member says data made public is incomplete

Livemint, 15 September 2016

Politics around GM mustard issue heats up

Livemint, 8 September 2016

GM mustard inches closer to commercial release

By Nitin Sethi – Business Standard, 26 August 2016

No fresh tests for GM mustard

The Hindu, 21 July 2016

Activists present case against GM mustard to environment ministry panel

Livemint, 19 July 2016

GM mustard opposers to meet approval panel today

By Snehlata Shrivastav – Times of India, 18 July 2016

Rigged data used for GM Mustard clearance, claims NGO

The New Indian Express, 21 June 2016

GEAC defers decision on commercial cultivation of GM mustard

The Economic Times, 20 June 2016

Javadekar says no decision on GM food after protests outside meeting venue

Reuters, 5 February 2016

Stop Commercialising GM Mustard: 120 Scientists Write to PM Modi

The New Indian Express, 4 February 2016

Nitish Kumar asks Centre to stop effort to release GM mustard

Press Trust of India, 19 January 2016

GMOs and “Unremitting Fraud” in India: Petition Filed for Contempt of Court Against Members of Genetic Appraisal Committee over GM Mustard

RINF, 15 December 2015

Agriculture Minister says no to GM mustard

The Tribune India, 23 November 2015

Regulators hiding trials data on GM mustard

by Dipu Rai – DNA India, 5 November 2015

Genetically Modified Mustard in India: Monumental Fraud and Regulatory Delinquency

By Colin Todhunter – Global Research, 23 September 2015