India puts on hold first GM food crop on safety grounds


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8506047.stm

India has deferred the commercial cultivation of what would have been its first genetically modified (GM) vegetable crop due to safety concerns.

Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said more studies were needed to ensure genetically modified aubergines were safe for consumers and the environment.

The GM vegetable has undergone field trials since 2008 and received approval from government scientists in 2009.

But there has been a heated public row over the cultivation of the GM crop.

The BBC’s Geeta Pandey, who was at the news conference in Delhi, says Mr Ramesh’s decision has put any cultivation of GM vegetables in India on hold indefinitely.

‘Difficult decision’

“Public sentiment is negative. It is my duty to adopt a cautious, precautionary, principle-based approach,” Mr Ramesh said…”

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