GM reg­u­la­tor, GEAC ap­proves com­mer­cial use of GM Mus­tard

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Ge­netic Engi­neer­ing Ap­praisal Com­mit­tee (GEAC), In­dia’s Ge­net­i­cally Mod­i­fied Crops reg­u­la­tor has rec­om­mended the com­mer­cial use of ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied mus­tard in a sub­mis­sion to the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment in the mid­dle of opposition by anti-GM groups, in­clud­ing RSS-af­fil­i­ated bod­ies.

In its sub­mis­sion, GEAC, has given a pos­i­tive rec­om­men­da­tion with cer­tain con­di­tions. With its green sig­nal, the GEAC has pushed the hy­brid plant de­vel­oped by sci­en­tists at Univer­sity of Delhi closer to be­com­ing the coun­try’s first ed­i­ble GM crop. How­ever, the En­vi­ron­ment Min­istry has to now take a fi­nal call.

Mean­while, RSS-af­fil­i­ate Swadeshi Ja­gran Manch (SJM) crit­i­cised the move say­ing al­low­ing the com­mer­cial use of GM mus­tard would im­pact al­lied agri-ac­tiv­i­ties. Some anti-GM ac­tivists as­serted that in okay­ing the com­mer­cial use of GM mus­tard, the GEAC has “yet again proven” to be “un­sci­en­tific and un­car­ing” to the health of cit­i­zens.`

They said, Gov­ern­ment should up­hold BJP’s man­i­festo prom­ise that GM foods will not be al­lowed and re­ject the GM mus­tard “just like the Bt brin­jal va­ri­ety was re­jected seven years ago”.

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