Indian scientist: Promoting ‘rich man’s’ organic food’ and delaying insect-resistant GMO eggplant hurts poor

| | July 31, 2017
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Chairman of Review Committee for Genetic Manipulations (RCGM) Dr B Sesikeran … said by stalling Bt brinjal [eggplant], India has only done more harm than good while neighbouring Bangladesh has reaped its benefits.

“Over 6,000 farmers are benefiting from it and not a single person has died,” said Sesikeran….

Sesikeran, who is also chairman of scientific panel FSSAI, feels taking a cue from across the border, farmers from West Bengal too would soon adopt the genetically modified (GM) crops.

“A large part of Bangladesh is consuming Bt brinjal [eggplant]. The next would be GM mustard that they will adopt based on India’s food safety trials and we are still stuck. The previous government issued a moratorium and the present government doesn’t have any plans. But we need to look at future and augment our food production,” he said.

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Dr B Sesikeran

The RCGM chairman said technology holds answer to our growing needs and the government needs to plan its implementation properly.

[Said Sesikeran]: Organic vegetables, grains or fruits are not for the poor. It is the rich man’s food. After investing so much, the yield is not enough to feed the whole country.”

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