Lawsuit Suspends India’s First GM Food Crop
Jan 20, 2017 11:07 AM EST
India's constant initiative to approve genetically modified food has been delayed as an environmental campaigner issued a lawsuit accusing that scientists are deceiving public from the benefits of GM crops.
A plant geneticist of University Of Delhi Deepak Pental has claimed that the scientists who are working on genetically modified crops are not deceiving the public. According to him, it will also put a bad name to Indian Agricultural Science. Though the court has sentenced that the next hearing of this case will be in February but still no one sure about when the case will be settled.
The director of the Indian Council Of Agricultural Research in New Delhi Trilochan Mahapatra has said that if genetically modified crops do get sanctioned then it would be a very significant moment of Indian agricultural Industry and at the same time, it will benefit the Indian biotechnology industry as well. When it comes to genetically modified crops then it can be said that India currently has one genetically modified crop which is cotton.
In different countries, genetically modified crops are considered as one of the most controversial subjects of agricultural field and that includes India too. According to researchers, it will help to fed up the growing population. But at the same time, some environmental campaigners has said that it may affect the health of normal people.
So far, Indian Environment Ministry has not found any threat concerns in genetically modified mustard seeds. Moreover, according to Deepak, it will increase the production of mustard seeds by 25% to 30%. Therefore, it will really helpful for the normal people and at the same time, the dependence upon other food oil would be reduced.
Though the future of the case is not clear, but still it can be expected that thorough examination of genetically modified seeds will be performed and if there is no threat issues found then GM crops can be approved.