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[26 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 3,481 views]
Battle of the trenches

In the end of the controversial Bt brinjal debate, it seems that the crucial failure of the Indian biotechnology sector is its inability to communicate the pros and cons of the GM technology in an unbiased manner to the public. Until that is achieved, the battle lines will remain, writes Devinder Sharma

A tug of war has begun. After the MoS for environment & forests, Jairam Ramesh stirred a hornet’s nest by announcing a moratorium on commercial cultivation of what could have been India’s first genetically modified crop – Bt brinjal …

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[26 Mar 2010 | 2 Comments | 17,833 views]
Bt cotton fails to reap profit

Secondary pest problems could become a major threat in countries where Bt cotton has been widely planted.
Seven years after Bt cotton was approved for commercial plantation in China, cotton growers are now using 18 to 20 times the pesticidal sprays they used to initially, to control the attack of secondary pests. This only validates my long-standing approach on the issue of GM plant. With the cost of seed being three times high (in India, it is five times more than the price of normal cotton seed), Chinese farmers have been …