Is The Nation of India Rearing To Kick Monsanto Out?
Sayer Ji, Contributor
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
A report from the August 17 edition of the American Association for the Advance of Science's journal Science titled, "Negative Report on GM Crops Shakes Government's Food Agenda," revealed that an Indian high-profile parliamentary panel, only a week before, recommended that GM crop "field trails under any garb should be discontinued forthwith," and that further GM agricultural research should "only be done under strict containment."
Moreover, in a press conference after the report's release, the panel's chair, Basudeb Acharia, said in no uncertain terms: "India should not go in for GM food crops."
According to the Science article's author, Pallava Bagla, the panel's recommendation is being regarded by some "as the death knell of the development of genetically modified food crops in India." Dissenting interests, such as India's chief of crop research, Swapan Dutta, a rice geneticist and deputy director at the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, responded to the report by suggesting that if implemented, the panel's recommendations would paralyze research and threaten India's food security, and "hope for GM research in India is lost."
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