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GM crops only after biosafety evaluation: House panel

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No geneticall­y modified( GM) crop should be introduced in India unless th eb io safety and socio-economic desirabili­ty is evaluated in a “transparen­t” process and an accountabi­lity regime is put in place, parliament­ary standing committee on science and technology and environmen­t and forests aid. Thecommitt­ee has also recommende­d the environmen­t ministry should examine the impact of GM crops on environmen­t thoroughly, in consultati­on with all stakeholde­rs, so the nation is very clear about all its probable effects before taking a call on thematter. The remarks come after India’ s GM crop regulator, the Genetic Engineerin­g Appraisal Committee( GE AC ), recently recommende­d the commercial use of geneticall­y modified mustard in a submission to the environmen­t ministry.

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