Swadeshi Jagran Manch urges government to stop field trials of genetically modified Bt brinjal

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In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the RSS-affiliate Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) has asked the field trials of Bt Brinjal to be stopped immediately, “as it will defeat the campaign for self-reliance initiated by the Centre”. During the last meeting of Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC), the regulators in the Ministry of Environment had […]

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Farmers’ organization distributes seeds to conduct trials of genetically modified (GM) brinjal in Maharashtra

Maharashtra farmers’ body Shetkari Sanghatana announced that it had begun an agitation so that farmers could sow genetically modified (GM) seeds in various parts of Maharashtra. The Sanghatana has also announced that it has distributed seeds of GM brinjal among farmers in Akola. Lalit Bahal, farmer and activist of the Sanghatana, in a small ceremony […]

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Govt planning to launch National Mission on Edible Oil in the near future

It is being believed that the Budget for 2020-21 may allocate funds for a national Mission on Edible Oil.  As edible oil is being imported more and more, India needs to address improving domestic availability. Two thirds of the country’s domestic edible oil demand is being met by imports. “The government is seriously concerned about […]

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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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