India’s Bt brinjal battle

This paper describes the series of events which took place in India from the development of Bt brinjal to its initial approval by the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC)a to the declaration of a moratorium on it by the Minister of Environment & Forests and events thereafter. It discusses the sustained campaign by civil society including prominent farmers’ groups, farmers and consumers supported by many scientists and other professionals to stop the commercialisation of the first ever GE food crop to be introduced in India; a battle royale against corporate forces and their allies.