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Lie of the land: Only 39 of 133 GM crop field trials monitored in 6 years

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-lie-of-the-land-only-39-of-133-gm-crop-field-trials-monitored-in-6-years-2127361 The Centre has always claimed that the country has a robust regulatory mechanism Genetically modified or genetically engineered crops are those in which genes are tweaked to get the desired characteristics by either inserting another gene or altering existing ones Busting the claims of the Indian government and scientists that the country has a robust regulatory mechanism to test genetically modified (GM) crops, toxic loopholes are emerging. From 2008 to 2014, only 39 of the 133 GM crop field trials were properly monitored, leaving the rest for unknown risks and possible health hazards to common people. Documents accessed by dna reveals that the GMO regulator, Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee […]

SC Technical Expert Committee recommends ‘GM Field Trials to wait till the regulatory system is improved’

The Technical Expert Committee appointed by the Supreme Court made the following recommendations. On field trials Overall recommendation for open field trials: Based on and in particular, “the examination/study of the safety dossiers, it is apparent that there are major gaps in the regulatory system. These need to be addressed before issues related to tests can be meaningfully considered. Till  such time it would not be advisable to conduct more field trials” Bt food crops: The TEC “reiterates its recommendation made in the Interim Report that there should be a moratorium on field trials for Bt in food   crops   (those   that   are   directly   used   for   food)   intended   for commercialization (not […]

Coalition for GM free India Congratulates Indian Govt for stopping the approval of GM crop Field Trials

#GMFieldTrails #GMFreeIndia Coalition for GM free India Congratulates Indian Govt for stopping the approval of GM crop Field Trials. Urges it to keep our food and farming free of GMOs The Coalition for a GM Free India today congratulated the Central govt on responding to the growing scientific evidence and opposition fromstate governments against Genetically Modified (GM) crops and putting a hold on all open field trials approved in March, 2013. According tomedia reports the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests has decided to reverse the permissions given by the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) in March, 2013, given that there is a case in the Supreme Court on the […]

GM crops in India at various stages of regulatory field evaluations as of 2012

                                (8 traits; 17 crops; 32 institutions) Traits   Crops, Year(s) of approval and Product developers* (*see the names of the product developers below by looking at the nos. in parenthesis) Insect resistance   Brinjal/Eggplant – 2006, 2007 to 2010 (4,9,14,21,23,28,30); Cabbage – 2006, 2009  (12,14); Castor – 2006, 2011 (19); Cauliflower – 2006, 2008 (12,14) ; Chickpea – 2009 (25); Corn /Maize – 2006, 2010 (10,15); Cotton – 2008 to 2012 (3,5,7,8,11,16); Okra – 2006,2007(9); Rice- 2006, 2007 to 2011 (3,6,9,11,21,28); Sorghum – 2009,2011 (20); Sugarcane – 2010 (27); Tomato – 2006,2010 (9,23) Virus resistance   Groundnut – 2006, […]

All field trials to be stopped, unless conditions met: SC Technical Expert Committee submits interim report

“10-year Moratorium on field trials of Bt food crops, Moratorium on field trials of Herbicide Tolerant crops (till independent assessment of impact and suitability) and Ban on field trials of GM crops for which India is Centre of Origin/Diversity” In an Interim Report signed off on 7th October 2012 (D.No.1944/2005/SC/PIL in the Assistant Registrar PIL (WRIT)’s office, dated 17th October 2012), a 5-member Technical Expert Committee (TEC) appointed by the Supreme Court of India in the Writ Petition (Civil) No. 260 of 2005, with Aruna Rodrigues and others as the petitioners in a PIL pertaining to GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms), unanimously presented its view that all field trials should be […]

Coalition condemns Biotech industry attempts to hijack and dilute the CBD MOP6 discussions

PRESS RELEASE Oct 6, 2012 Coalition condemns Biotech industry attempts to hijack and dilute the CBD MOP6 discussions  MOP exposes real safety concerns of GM crops; Coalition demands that India should not allow any open-air field trials or release of GM crops.  A comprehensive Biosafety Law be enacted with strict liability and redress provisions.                 The CBD MOP6, has for once, exposed the Global Biotech industry’s  attempts to sabotage the Supplementary Protocol by attempting to discourage and dissuade parties from ratifying it  and  instead  lobbying nations to adopt the industry sponsored voluntary  compensation mechanism under the Compact.  This follows years of attempts by the Global (and Indian) industry led by Monsanto to assert the supposed safety of genetically modified (GM) crops. The Coalition […]

GM Free Coalition urges MoEF to bar any move by the GEAC to promote field trials in various States which objected

Coalition for a GM-Free India New Delhi, 7th May 2012  To,  Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan The H’ble Minister, MoSEF (Independent Charge) Government of India. SUBJECT: YOUR STATEMENT IN PARLIAMENT ON 27 MARCH 2012: ‘DELAY IN NOCS FOR GM CROPS TRIALS’ Dear Madam Minister, Greetings from the Coalition for GM-Free India.  In your statement in the Rajya Sabha on 27 March 2012, you stated that “the GEAC has been approached by the Seed Industries, Ministry of Agriculture and Review Committee on Genetic Manipulation (RCGM) to reconsider its decision on the need of NOC from the State Government prior to the conduct of GM crop field trial.” Consequently, the GEAC has apparently decided to make presentations to State […]

Rajasthan starts field test of much-criticised GM mustard

Source: Sowmya Sivakumar , DNA   |   Last Updated 03:15(02/03/12) Jaipur: The Rajasthan government has opened the floodgates for testing genetically modified (GM) mustard by permitting field trials in the state for the current rabi season (2011-12). This is the first time the state government has issued a no-objection certificate (NoC) for testing a GM food crop, after a change in the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) norms giving states the first power of approval or refusal. “The crop is nearing harvest,” confirmed sources at the Directorate of Rapeseed Mustard Research, Bharatpur, coordinating the trials being conducted by the Centre for Genetic Manipulation of Crop Plants (CGMCP), Delhi University. […]

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