On GM crops, a failure to heed scientific evidence
A wealth of research shows that GM crops make for good science and good economicsand India needs to embrace both
Last week, the Centre told the Supreme Court that it was yet to make up its mind on the commercial release of genetically modified (GM) mustard (Brassica juncea) and was still studying the matter. This week, Union environment minister Harsh Vardhan reiterated the point, underlining that there were “compelling arguments" both for and against GM crops. Vardhan, who also serves as science minister, proffered that the government’s decision will be “based on common good". If that is indeed to be the case, then this government’s continued dithering on GM crops simply does not add up.
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