‘Misinformation’ has fueled fear of GMO crops in India, expert 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)

Hundreds of research studies that have been reviewed showed no proof that genetically modified (GM) crops had side effects, according to Prof Nina Fedoroff from Penn State University. She was speaking at a programme held at the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS)  [in India] regarding the distrust among consumers towards genetically modified crops ….

She said [a] misinformation campaign …. kept Bt [eggplant] out of India and …. led to the debate surrounding Bt Cotton. Prof [Fedoroff ], who has 40 years of experience in researching GM crops, said people are concerned about consuming GM food as they anticipate hazards but these hazards haven’t been found ….

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“The European Union has spent more than 300 million Euros on biosafety and has gathered no credible evidence that either people or animals are harmed by GM crops,” she said, adding that 130 research projects spanning over 25 years from 500 research groups were reviewed by a committee which included 1,800 studies.

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