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2017: Parliamentary Standing Committee Report on GM Crops

Here is the report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science & Technology, Environment & Forests on GM crops, presented to the RS Chair on 25th of August. This is A UNANIMOUS REPORT, AND 11 OF THE 31-PARLIAMENTARIANS COMMITTEE ARE FROM THE BJP. http://164.100.47.5/newcommittee/reports/EnglishCommittees/Committee%20on%20S%20and%20T,%20Env.%20and%20Forests/301.pdf The main gist of what they are saying is carried in these media reports: http://www.livemint.com/Politics/2RGPg3LZuIz8n4ZwQbGU7L/Govt-told-to-examine-GM-crops-impact-before-rollout-decisio.html http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/parliamentary-panel-flags-severe-loopholes-in-existing-field-trial-system-of-gm-crops/articleshow/60225365.cms http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/claims-on-bt-cotton-need-to-be-probed-panel/article19562829.ece http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/gm-crops-only-after-biosafety-socio-economic-evaluation/1/1034196.html  2017 renuka chowdhury panel report on GM crops

What we need is a biosafety authority

What we need is a biosafety authority The BRAI Bill fails to address concerns surrounding GM crops at a time when opposition to GM is growing Ramanjaneyulu G. V. www.livemint.com/Opinion/t2I1lGspz7MIFQ6ixw15bL/What-we-need-is-a-biosafety-authority.html First Published: Sun, Aug 11 2013. 07 08 PM IST When Bt cotton was introduced, the biosafety tests conducted before commercialization claimed that contamination is not a major issue. Photo: Mint Updated: Sun, Aug 11 2013. 07 08 PM IST A draft law to create a Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI) has been tabled in Parliament. If approved, it will replace the existing Environment Protection Act (EPA), 1989 rules and BRAI will replace the genetic engineering appraisal committee (GEAC) […]

Hematotoxicity of Bacillus thuringiensis as Spore-crystal Strains Cry1Aa, Cry1Ab, Cry1Ac or Cry2Aa in Swiss Albino Mice

The biosafety data submitted by Mahyco on bt cotton also carried similar results…the animal morbidity in AP, Maharashtra after feeding on bt cotton leaves also had similar symptoms….unfortunately indian scientific system never researched upon this. http://gmoevidence.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/JHTD-1-104.pdf In conclusion, results showed that the Bt spore-crystals   genetically modified to express individually Cry1Aa, Cry1Ab, Cry1Ac or Cry2A can cause some hematological risks to vertebrates, increasing their toxic effects with long-term exposure. Taking into account the increased risk of human and animal  exposures to significant levels of these toxins, especially through diet,our results suggest that further studies are required to clarify the mechanism involved in the hematotoxicity found in mice, and to establish the […]

GM food harms pigs: New Research by Judy Carman

A groundbreaking new study [1] shows that pigs were harmed by the consumption of feed containing genetically modified (GM) crops. GM-fed females had on average a 25% heavier uterus than non-GM-fed females, a possible indicator of disease that requires further investigation. Also, the level of severe inflammation in stomachs was markedly higher in pigs fed on the GM diet. The research results were striking and statistically significant. Find a clear summary of the study here Find the full paper here Lead researcher Dr Judy Carman, adjunct associate professor at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia,[2] said: “Our findings are noteworthy for several reasons. First, we found these results in real on-farm conditions, […]

Changes in Actinomycetes community structure under the influence of Bt transgenic brinjal crop in a tropical agroecosystem

Amit Kishore Singh, Major Singh and Suresh Kumar Dubey For all author emails, please log on. BMC Microbiology 2013, 13:122 doi:10.1186/1471-2180-13-122 Published: 29 May 2013 Abstract (provisional) Background The global area under brinjal cultivation is expected to be 1.85 million hectare with total fruit production about 32 million metric tons (MTs). Brinjal cultivars are susceptible to a variety of stresses that significantly limit productivity. The most important biotic stress is caused by the Brinjal Fruit and shoot Borer (FSB) forcing farmers to deploy high doses of insecticides; a matter of serious health concern. Therefore, to control the adverse effect of insecticides on the environment including the soil, transgenic technology has emerged as the effective alternative. However, the […]

Hungry for innovation: pathways from GM crops to agroecology

#GMCrops #Biosafety #AgroEcology Late lessons from early warnings: science, precaution, innovation David  A.   Quist,   Jack  A.   Heinemann,  Anne   I.   Myhr,   Iulie  Aslaksen   and   Silvio   Funtowicz Hungry for innovation: pathways from GM crops to agroecology Emerging issues | Hungry for innovation: pathways from GM crops to agroecology download Innovation’s potential to deliver food security and solve other agriculture-related problems is high on the agenda of virtually all nations. This chapter looks at two different examples of food and agricultural innovation: genetically modified (GM) crops and agroecological methods, which illustrate how different innovation strategies affect future agricultural and social options. GM crops are well […]

Though Bt Brinjal banned, Bt Cotton still reaches Indian mouths

Though Bt Brinjal banned, Bt Cotton still reaches Indian mouths  DNA | Feb 13, 2013, 05:47AM IST  http://daily.bhaskar.com/article/GUJ-AHD-though-bt-brinjal-banned-bt-cotton-still-reaches-indian-mouths-4178649-NOR.html Ahmedabad: The debate over genetically-modified (GM) crops has taken a nasty turn across the globe because a veteran anti-GM activist, Mark Lynas, has switched sides and is now campaigning in favour of the technology. Indian consumers do not directly consume GM food as the government has not allowed such crops after Bt Brinjal debacle. But as Bt Cotton is present in the country, consumers are passively eating GM food through milk of an animal fed cottonseed meals and food cooked in cottonseed oil. Bt Cotton is not totally pesticide or insecticide-free. All mammals […]

GM crops: Promises outweigh perils?

President of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh in Gujarat, Maganbhai Patel, ardently opposes cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops in India. But on his farm in Modasa (Sabarkantha), Maganbhai harvests castor, groundnut, potatoes and well, BT Cotton, too. In a long comment on why GM crops need to be avoided at all costs, he said that after a decade of BT Cotton in Gujarat, multiple reports reveal per hectare yield is falling and fertilizer costs increasing. However, when asked why he cultivates Bt Cotton, he says: “My dear, I don’t have an option. In Gujarat, it is difficult to get any good quality non-Bt cotton seeds.” Approximately 97% of seven million bales […]

Battle lines harden over GM crops

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1130209/jsp/nation/story_16541614.jsp#.URdabR1ciYV OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT New Delhi, Feb. 8: The biotechnology industry and an environmental group have hardened battle lines over the future of genetically modified food crops in India on the third anniversary of the indefinite moratorium on GM brinjal imposed by former environment minister Jairam Ramesh. The agricultural group of the Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises (ABLE) today said it was “disappointed over the continued delay” on GM brinjal, and warned the government’s “indecisiveness” was making it difficult for the industry to continue investing in research. The agricultural focus group of ABLE has urged the Union government to end the moratorium on GM brinjal to draw benefits from crop biotechnology. […]

Study linking GM maize to cancer must be taken seriously by regulators

Trial suggesting a GM maize strain causes cancer has attracted a torrent of abuse, but it cannot be swept under the carpet Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini, professor of molecular biology at Caen University in France, knows how to inflame the GM industry and its friends. For seven years he and his team have questioned the safety standards applied to varieties of GM maize and tried to re-analyse industry-funded studies presented to governments.The GM industry has traditionally reacted furiously and personally. Séralini has been widely insulted and smeared and last year, in some desperation, he sued Marc Fellous, president of the French Association of Plant Biotechnology, for defamation, and won (although he was only awarded a nominal €1 […]

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