As debates around genetically modified (GM) mustard pick up in India, Shalini Bhutani takes a look at the neglected diversity of the oilseed mustard crop on native farmers’ fields and points to the bias of the existing law.
For the love of the seed industry It was a Valentine’s Day vow with a difference. The bond between the private seed industry and the public agricultural sector received a fillip at the recently concluded Indian Seed Congress in Agra over the weekend, reports Shalini Bhutani.
A few facts for GM-advocate Manmohan Singh At the 101st Indian Science Congress in Jammu, the Prime Minister reaffirmed his faith in the potential of biotechnology for agricultural development. Devinder Sharma discusses findings that raise questions about the basis of his conviction.
Seeds of doubt
The effect of GM crops on food, agriculture and farmers continues to be highly controversial, polarising scientists and policy-makers alike.
outlines some of the recent turns in the debate to show that the truth, perhaps, lies somewhere in between.
On the trail of toxins
The ubiquity of genetically modified crops, brought about by the sustained efforts of agribusiness giant Monsanto has raised
reviews Marie-Monique Robin's The World According to Monsanto: Pollution, Politics and Power.
GM Crops: Can India follow the Philippines example? The Court of Appeals in Philippines has recently passed an order, prohibiting field trials of GM Bt Brinjal. As the Indian government seeks to push through the BRAI Bill,
exposes its loopholes and argues why we should go the Philippines way.
Government ignores adverse TEC report
The Ministry of Agriculture moves to introduce adoption of genetically modified crops in India, in the name of food security.
Scientists, however, are critical of this move.
Schizophrenia of agricultural policy
Any discussion of GM crops must take place within the larger framework of the indispensable need to promote biodiversity and set up agricultural policies
linked to this need, writes
Reasons for the Bt Brinjal moratorium
Barely three days after the conclusion of the last of six public hearings, Minister of Environment Jairam Ramesh slapped a moratorium on the release of Bt Brinjal.
summarises key points from the Minister's note.
Where is the science?
The debate in GM plants is deeply suffused by vested interests. In addition to impeding research, companies also
exert their influence on review and approval, writes
Too risky to tolerate
Small farmers distribute risk and harvest different things from different sources . Heribicide Tolerant crops strike
at the very root of such proven strategies relying on diversity, writes
Pause before you eat
The Bt gene in brinjal does not increase productivity. But what it is surely about to do is bring
India's first genetically altered food crop to your
dining table. And there are lots of reasons why this should worry you, writes
SC to look into deregulation of GM food imports
Following Gene Campaign's challenge to the government's decision to withdraw all existing regulatory oversight over the import of GE foods, the
Supreme Court has issued notices to the Centre, writes