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GM Crops in India: Why Open Pandora’s Box?

Das, Kasturi (2004) GM Crops in India: Why Open Pandora’s Box? www.gmwatch.org. Online at <http://www.gmwatch.org/p1temp.asp?pid=54&page=1>.

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Online at: http://www.gmwatch.org/p1temp.asp?pid=54&page=1

Summary

In the backdrop of ever increasing resistance against GE in different parts of the globe, the UPA government is planning afresh to give transgenic crops a big push. A panel has been set up to formulate a National Biotechnology Policy by January 2005 so as to ensure a speedy approval of GM crops. The panel is likely to gather key inputs from the ‘Report of the Task Force on Application of Biotechnology in Agriculture’ headed by Dr. M.S. Swaminathan, who is again a member of the new panel. In this context the article reveals certain glaring flaws and contradictions inherent in the Task Force Report, that need to be taken into account before actually accepting its recommendations while formulating the proposed Biotechnology Policy. It analyses why promotion of GM crops is not compatible with economic wellbeing and livelihood security of farmers, health security of consumers, protection of environment, external trade and so on. Hence it calls for a moratorium on GM crops in India until conclusive scientific evidences are found regarding their short and long term implications. Finally it argues that the solution for the ongoing crisis in Indian agriculture lies in organic agriculture and not in genetic engineering, which is likely to worsen the situation.


EPrint Type:Web product
Keywords:gm crops, india, Swaminathan Task Force
Subjects: Food systems > Food security, food quality and human health
Values, standards and certification > Technology assessment
"Organics" in general > Country reports > India
Research affiliation: India
Related Links:http://www.gmwatch.org, http://www.gmwatch.org/archive2.asp?arcid=4681
Deposited By: Das, Kasturi
ID Code:4107
Deposited On:20 Dec 2004
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:30
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed
Additional Publishing Information:www.GMWatch.org

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