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Fate of approval of India’s first GMO food crop—mustard—unsure after sudden death of environment minister

| | May 22, 2017
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Union Minister for Science and Technology Dr Harsh Vardhan was, … given an additional charge of the Environment Ministry after the death of Union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave. He was 60. According to official sources, Dave had not been keeping well for the last few months.

The environment ministry has been in the news after the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee gave a recommendation … for the commercial cultivation of GM Mustard. 

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Anil Madhav Dave

The GEAC, a body of the ministry that evaluates genetically modified crops, had on 11 May recommended the commercial use of GM mustard. The environment ministry had received over 700 comments from various stakeholders, including farmers and researchers, on the Assessment of Food and Environmental Safety report on GM mustard.

The application was submitted in 2015 after which several rounds of meetings were held by the GEAC. GM mustard is the second genetically modified food crop after Bt Brinjal that has obtained all required regulatory approvals and reached the environment minister’s table for clearance.

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