Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Friday pitched for genetically modified (GM) crops saying that the technology holds "great promise" to address the crop losses occurring due to drought, floods and other stresses.
In India, cotton is the only GM crop (Bt cotton) approved for commercial cultivation.<br />
Holding that some of the fears over BT Brinjal are legitimate, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Wednesday advocated for a "reasoned debate" in the country over the issue.
From going slow on the Kasturirangan report on the Western Ghats to reversing the hitherto circumspect stance on genetically modified crops, Moily appears to be taking steps considered to be industry-friendly.
If he supports GM crops, Moily would be overturning the position of his immediate predecessors - Jayanthi Natarajan and Jairam Ramesh.
Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Sunday said that at a time when lakhs of cases are still pending in the court, Supreme Court's objection to the BT cotton was regrettable.
In a study that surveyed over 500 randomly selected small-farm Indian households over seven years, researchers found that as the rate of Indian farmers adopting GM cotton grew, undernourishment in their families dropped.
Films like <em>Bitter Seeds</em> are pure exasperation for the entire pro-Bt lobby which claims that things have improved for the Indian farmer since the government allowed the introduction of GM cotton by Monsanto in 2002.
The media, by being critical of rivals, is capable of collective self-regulation by focusing on areas that need focus. Independent media watchdogs also help do the same job.