India again holds back approval of genetically modified mustard

The Indian government has refused to approve the commercial release of a locally developed genetically modified mustard, an Environment Ministry document has revealed. India has faced stiff opposition to lab-altered food from domestic activists and politicians. The mustard variety would have been the first transgenic food crop to be allowed for commercial cultivation. But the environment ministry’s Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee […]

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Biotech/GM crops surge to a new peak of 185.1 million hectares in 2016 – report

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There has been a 110‐fold increase in adoption rate of biotech crops globally in just 21 years of commercialisation – growing from 1.7 million hectares in 1996 to 185.1 million hectares in 2016, the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri‐biotech Applications (ISAAA) said in a report. “Biotech crops have become a vital agricultural resource […]

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India says no final approval for GM mustard yet

India said it was yet to give final approval to the commercial use of genetically modified (GM) mustard in the country despite it being cleared by a government committee. An environment ministry statement said that while technical clearance for locally developed GM mustard seeds was given by its Genetic Engineering Approval Committee in its meeting […]

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