Indian farmers can benefit tremendously from planting GM crops, new book says

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A farmer in Bangladesh shows off his genetically modified, pest-resistant Bt brinjal (eggplant), which Indian farmers are not allowed to grow. (Photo courtesy of the Cornell Alliance for Science, photographer: Arif Hossain)

Former director of [the] Centre for Plant Molecular Biology at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University [in India,] S Sadasivam on [Feb. 15] released a book — “Genetically Modified Crops: A Scientist’s Perspective.”

The book aims at creating awareness about the advantages of GM crops among people and farmers.

The book is written in Tamil so that it can reach out to the local farmers. The book talks about [genetics], theories of evolution and the introduction of genetically modified crops. “It is not a textbook material. It is written as a conversation between a scientist and a common man,” said Sadasivam.

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Vouching for genetically modified crops, Sadasivam said that a group of 107 Nobel Laureates have recently passed a resolution that GM crops are safe. “There are regulatory bodies and the central and state governments have deeply accessed the advantages and consequences of GM crops. We need more research in the area of GM crops to address the growing needs of food and grain shortage,” said Sadasivam.

[Chairman of Rasi Seeds, M] Ramasami said that Bangladesh has been cultivating Bt Brinjal [eggplant] for more than three years now. “Bangladesh has acquired all the data from India’s research and has begun cultivating it,” said Ramasami. The only GM crop cultivated in India is Bt Cotton.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Read full, original post: Book on genetically modified crops released

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