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[26 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 9,164 views]
Bt brinjal in chiller

After holding countrywide consultations over Bt brinjal and its induction in the Indian farming sector, environment minister Jairam Ramesh argues for imposing a moratorium on the transgenic crop till independent scientific studies establish, to the satisfaction of both the public and professionals, its health safety

1 The Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) was set up in May 1990 under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986. While it is a statutory body under Rules 1989 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and as such it is authorised to grant approval for large-scale trials …

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[26 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 3,710 views]

K Rosaiah
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister
Tests conducted and the information disseminated by the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) were not sufficient for the commercial release of Bt brinjal. Its release should be deferred until safety parameters in terms of environment, human and animal health are clearly established.

BS Yeddyurappa
Karnataka Chief Minister
The state, a major producer of the vegetable, will not allow the cultivation of Bt brinjal as it will sound the death knell for farmers. Moreover, local brinjal varieties are being widely used in Indian systems of medicine like Ayurveda, Siddha …

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[26 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 2,705 views]

Over its 108-year history, Monsanto Co, the world’s largest seed company, has evolved from primarily an industrial chemical concern into a pure agricultural products company.
Following is a timeline of the St. Louis, Missouri-based company’s history and its evolvement into a seed giant:

1901 – Original Monsanto founded as a maker of saccharine by John F Queeny and named after his wife, Olga Monsanto Queeny.
1920s and 1930s – Manufacturing sulphuric acid and other chemicals, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which are later implicated in reproductive, developmental and immune system disorders.
1940s – Manufactures plastics …