GM mustard safe for human and animal consumption, says GEAC

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Published: September 10, 2016 6:09:07 AM

The Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) has cleared genetically-modified (GM) mustard as safe for human and animal consumption

The Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) has cleared genetically-modified (GM) mustard as safe for human and animal consumptionThe Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) has cleared genetically-modified (GM) mustard as safe for human and animal consumption

The Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) has cleared genetically-modified (GM) mustard as safe for human and animal consumption. While the environment ministry will take a final call on whether GM mustard should be declared safe for commercial cultivation, the clearance can pave the way for field trials of other GM crops like rice, brinjal and wheat.

In 2014, the Centre had put field trials of 15 genetically modified crops on hold even after the GEAC had recommended that they be allowed for rice, brinjal, chickpea and mustard.

India introduced Bt cotton in 2002 which now accounts for over 90% of the total cotton produced in the country. It is the world’s largest cotton producer and has seen yields rise significantly since introduction of the GM seed.

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India has not moved beyond Bt cotton

*In 2010, the Centre denied commercial production of Bt Brinjal

*In 2014, GEAC recommended field trials for 15 GM crops like rice and chickpea. The government puts it on hold

*In 2016, GEAC says GM mustard is safe for human and animal consumption

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