Will government press ahead with GM mustard?

Many people in India and other countries are keenly watching this process and the following three links have been received from a reader.

Mar 3: GM mustard hybrid plagued with technical flaws http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/GM-mustard-hybrid-plagued-with-technical-flaws/articleshow/51231561.cms

Oct 5: Campaigning for moratorium on GM mustard http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/environment/developmental-issues/Government-stares-at-Bt-brinjal-moment-before-taking-call-on-GM-mustard/articleshow/54681907.cms

Oct 5: Experts-activists-allege-committee-held-back-biosafety-data-on-GM-mustard/ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/Experts-activists-allege-committee-held-back-biosafety-data-on-GM-mustard/articleshow/54684972.cms

After reading the articles, a search showed that the decision is soon to be made:

Oct 13: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/science/Government-looks-to-press-ahead-with-GM-mustard/articleshow/54822353.cms

The Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee will take its final call only after going through the subcommittee’s report on stakeholders’ comments. A plea claiming that the crop had no advantage over non-GM crops and was, in fact, likely to introduce contaminants is being heard by the SC.

In keeping with its commitment to the Supreme Court government has stayed a decision on commercial release till October 17th.

A ‘go-ahead’ will mark a big step towards breaking the logjam and open the doors for commercial use for other food crops too. 

We are reminded, however, that even if the Centre clears GM mustard, it will be up to states to decide whether to use the seed.





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