India: Greens call for halt to field trials of GM food crops

Environmentalists have called for stopping all field trials of genetically (GM) modified crops and a wider public debate on the issue.

They welcomed the 492-page report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture, headed by CPI(M) member Basudeb Acharia which raised a red flag on GM crops. The 31-member panel took over two-and-a-half years to study the controversial transgenic technology from all angles, including socio-economic, environment and regulatory.

While tabling the report in Parliament August 9, Acharia had said, “The Committee has come to the conclusion that since concerns on the potential and actual impacts of GM crops to our food, farming, health and environment are valid, GM crops are just not the right solution for our country.”

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