Genetically Modified Food Crops Delayed
After an environmentalist campaigner filing a lawsuit, India's urge to promote genetically modified food crops have been delayed. The lawsuit accuses scientists of deceiving public about the benefits of transgenic mustard. A plant geneticist from the University of Delhi, said that the claims are untrue and are only focused on bringing ill name to Indian science. In the coming hearing, researchers are looking to put forth their word on the merits of this case. The director-general of Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) said that approval of the first transgenic crop would be a significant moment in the history of India's Agricultural Biotechnology industry paving way for many genetically modified plants.
In 2010, India’s nationwide protest resulted in the Government stop the commercial planting of the first genetically modified food crop which is an insect-resistant brinjal. When Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in the year 2014, trials resumed again for genetically modified Mustard and it seemed in line for approval by September 2016 when India’s environmental ministry found no adverse impacts or other safety concerns. On October 7, the Supreme Court of India agreed to hear a case brought by Aruna Rodrigues, a campaigner against genetically modified crops who wanted an approval until it undergoes an independent evaluation. Over the years, the GM crops have seen variety of criticisms health and safety concerns to yield strength. Whether or not, these crops find a place in Indian Agriculture anytime in future is only to wait and see.
By BOA Bureau