By Umendra Dutt
Kheti Virasat Mission
Anti-GM foods campaign launched with Hotel Rio, others to follow suit
Padma Bhushan Dr P.M. Bhargava, architect of molecular biology and biotechnology in India, on Saturday declared Hotel Rio in Chandigarh, India a GM-free hotel as part of a major initiative against genetically modified (GM) goods and products in the country.
Addressing a press conference here, Dr Bhargava, who is now spearheading a campaign against allowing GM foods into the country under the banner of MARCH (The Medically Aware and Responsible Citizens of Hyderabad), said “with this small step today we are hopefully that all other hotels and restaurants will follow suit and declare themselves GM-free.”
The recepient of France’s highest civilian honour, Legion d’Honneur, Dr Bhargava was accompanied by Mr. Atul Grover, Managing Director, Hotel Rio, and Mr. Umender Dutt, a leader of the Kheti Virasat Mission.
On the occasion the Hotel adopted a GM-free Chef’s charter which reads:
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