Scientists say genetically engineered crops are need of the times, and have no harmful effects on the atmosphere or as human health
It is time for the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) to approve Genetically Modified (GM) mustard. It has been almost six years since a moratorium was clamped on the commercial release of Bt brinjal without any real scientific basis. For long, the ministry of environment has buckled under public pressure brought by the anti-GM lobby, and has shown no courage to take a decision based on scientific data. Now, in the case of GM mustard the story seems to be playing out again. Already, the anti-GM lobby led by Vandana Shiva has submitted a petition via Change.org signed by thousands people to force GEAC not to approve GM mustard, ostensibly because of safety reasons and inappropriateness of the technology itself to Indian agriculture. The facts are far from the ground realities.