Monday, April 12

India-Genetically Modified Eggplant

An Indian-based firm Mahyco backed by the American seed giant Monsanto applied for approval of introducing bt-Brinjal in India.

If sown, it shall sprout to become world’s first-ever genetically modified vegetable.

Paying little or no heed to yet to be concluded worldwide debate on playing with the genes or as technically called the Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), the Biotechnology regulatory body in India - Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) recommended bt-Brinjal to its parent ministry.

However, the most recent decision (as of April 13th in the Hindu Newspaper) has stated that

"In the wake of strong views in favour and against allowing commercial cultivation of genetically modified Bt brinjal, the government on Thursday sought to take a middle path by putting the report in the public domain for wider consultation."


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