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[25 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 3,238 views]
Food for Thought

While stating that GEAC lacks technical knowledge, Dr Suman Sahai campaigns for a transparent and independent bio-safety testing authority under the vigil of scientists in the public sector to verify the data submitted by agencies developing transgenic crops and the same facility should be available to consumers wanting to have foods tested to confirm the presence of GM ingredients
Bt brinjal very nearly became India’s first genetically engineered (GE) food crop, but for the intervention of the minister for environment and forests, Jairam Ramesh. According to the legal framework on GMOs, …

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[25 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 2,742 views]
Sons of the soil say no Bt

Bt is not a magic bullet solution that is needed or proven to reduce pesticide use writes Rohtas Rathee
There is no need for Bt brinjal. Farmers are receiving a very low farm gate price of about Rs 2-3 per kg and are already throwing away their brinjal produce due to surplus crop. Bt brinjal will further increase costs of producing the food crop, while the sale price is going down. What we need is a minimum support price for brinjal and an assured market and that should be the focus …