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800-lb Baigan ka Bharta Seeks to Make Bharta of Genetically Modified Eggplants

In what has been billed as the world’s biggest campaign against genetically-modified food, Greenpeace activists prepared 800 lbs of organic baingan ka bharta made from 450 lbs of eggplants and 60 lbs of tomatoes, onions and other ingredients.

The cook-in, supported by 800 chefs from the Culinary Forum of India and the Organic Farming Association of India, was part of a campaign by 100,000 citizens across the country against the new Bio-technology Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI) Bill 2011, which seeks to approve genetically modified food selectively.

The cook-in was capped by a modest feast of piping hot organic chapatis (bread) and baingan ka bharta for all those present.