Environmental activist Vandana Shiva warns of nationwide protest against GM crops
Environmental activist Dr Vandana Shiva on Wednesday alleged that the Union government was allowing multinational companies to introduce 'toxins' in the form of genetically modified crops.
Nagpur: Environmental activist Dr Vandana Shiva on Wednesday alleged that the Union government was allowing multinational companies to introduce 'toxins' in the form of genetically modified crops.
A nationwide protest will be held against the genetically modified crops on 15 August, she said, speaking at a press conference. The multinational companies have planted their own people in government committees which deal with approval for such crops, she claimed.
Though BT or other genetically modified crops are supposed to be resilient to pests, they have led to emergence of new pests, she said.
Ten states in the country have rejected GM mustard and 13 states have refused to allow plantation of BT brinjal, Shiva claimed.
The decades-old debate over Genetically Modified (GM) foods is back in the spotlight in India, after the centre's Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) sanctioned the production and cultivation of GM mustard in May 2017.
Chinese authorities have vowed zero tolerance and harsh punishment against those growing and selling GM crops.
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