India’s anti-GMO activists claim biotech eggplant contains ‘poison’ in bid to end illegal crop cultivation


There is no scientific evidence to prove that genetically modified crops are unsafe, the Union Environment Ministry told  [parliament on July 19], drawing sharp criticism from farm activists in the country.

Several complaints have been sent to the environment ministry’s Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) regarding illegal growing of Bt Brinjal, GM mustard and other genetically modified crops, the ministry said in Parliament …. According to the complaints received, such cultivations are happening in Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra and Punjab, it said.

“GM mustard has cancer-causing chemical while Bt brinjal too has a poison which can have ill-effect on human beings if consumed. There are thousands of studies to show that GM crop is not safe to consume. It is killing not just pests but humans also,” [said Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Yudhvir Singh.]

Related article:  European Food Safety Authority rebuffs activist criticism of its safety assessment of insect and herbicide resistant GMO crops

“There is no scientific evidence to prove that GM crops are unsafe. GM foods are regulated under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, which consolidates laws for manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import to ensure availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption,” [Minister of State for Environment Babul Supriyo said.]

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