Dalwai Committee recommends adoption of latest GM technology for important non-food crops

The Dalwai committee on doubling farmers’ income has suggested India should adopt latest genetically modified (GM) technologies in important non-food crops since use of GM in food crops is an issue under debate. In a draft report, released for public comment last week, the committee said GM technology is an important aspect of long-term research. […]

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


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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Bt cotton in India: A Bollywood potboiler with no end in sight yet


Dear readers, this is the first in a series of articles looking at issues around genetically-modified crops in India and the entire Bt cotton debate.  By Rajiv Theodore The Bt cotton saga in India has all the ingredients of a Bollywood potboiler. Although, no scientific evidence of any negative fallout of using GM aided Bt […]

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Indian agriculture needs paradigm shift to sustain farm livelihoods and food security


Half a century after a Green Revolution made India food sufficient, the government is waking up in a classic case of better late than never. The Economic Survey released by the Indian government has spoken of a transformative change in its agriculture sector to ensure sustainable livelihood for millions of farmers and food security for […]

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