GM regulator, GEAC approves commercial use of GM Mustard
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”.