Environment Ministerís Decision on Bt Brinjal Welcome, Scientifically Sound, but Sketchy and Legally Weak
10 February 2010
The decision of the Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests (I/C), Mr. Jairam Ramesh, to place a moratorium on the clearance accorded by Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC), to the environmental release of the Bt brinjal variety developed by M/s Mahyco (an Indian seed company with substantial investment from US multinational, Monsanto) is without doubt an historic decision that is a triumph for public opinion and rational decision-making. We acknowledge the unprecedented action of Mr. Ramesh in undertaking an arduous process of public consultations across India in arriving at this conclusion... Read more.
Background note on Bt Brinjal
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) include crops that are modified by inserting gene/s from any other organism - plant, animal or microorganism. Such modification is undertaken on the presumption that it would aid in enhancing desirable properties or create new characteristics. In agriculture, a major part of this technology is deployed to evolve resistance to specific diseases or pests... Read more.
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