Gm Crops News
Interview| GM fundamentalists can’t even give one valid argument, says SJM's Ashwani Mahajan
"We don’t need GM mustard to improve yields, we just have to rely on varieties that are already growing in India,' says Mahajan
Maharashtra farmers' group agitates for 'freeing' GM seeds, but illegal varieties are rampant in India
About 1,000 Maharashtra farmers, under the aegis of the Shetkari Sanghatana, participated in a 'civil disobedience' movement in favour of GM seeds. They planted herbicide tolerant (HT) Bt cotton, which is not approved for cultivation or sale in India.
5,000 farmers in Maharashtra to sow genetically modified seeds of brinjal, cotton to protest ban on such crops
The Shetkari Sanghatana is opposed to the ban on GM crops as they are beneficial to farmers, its spokesperson Lalit Bahale said.
Haryana’s Bt brinjal row: Govt must allow farmers to have access to technologies in agriculture to dissuade illegal use of seeds
Believing that with a change of government and of environment minister Bt brinjal could be approved, the activists who are vehemently opposed to GM crops for ideological reasons, have stirred into action.
Can genetically engineered trees help save the world's disappearing forests?
GM forest trees could counter threats to forest health, bringing in a new frontier in biotechnology.
Scientist finds a new strains of soil bacteria that could be used to develop bio-pesticides in the future
Crystal proteins of Bt can be added directly to soil instead of chemical pesticides but their prolonged use may allow pests to develop resistance.
Mere touch of Bt cotton can cause impotency: Rajasthan agriculture minister Prabhu Lal Saini
Does Bt cotton cause impotency? This startling claim was made by Rajasthan's minister for agriculture, Prabhu Lal Saini.
Allegations against Monsanto of 'unsafe' Bt products and 'health risks' are blatantly inaccurate
The allegations made against Monsanto over lack of safety are completely unsubstantiated. Experts and regulatory authorities worldwide recognize GM foods and crops as being safe.
Swaraj at 70 Part 4: Youth can play a significant role in solving farm crisis, says Kavitha Kuruganti
Kavitha Kuruganti talks about Swaraj, the agricultural crisis in the country and the role of GM crops in causing it.
Organic milk production: Brands in India are ignoring a crucial requirement to meet rising demand
A farm producing organic cow feed is a rarity. Hence, the appropriate tag for Indian dairy would be organically-produced milk.
GM mustard gets nod: Medical experts urge Narendra Modi to reject it, say 'lack of evidence is not proof of safety'
Members of India’s medical fraternity requested Modi to reject the “environmental release” application for the genetically modified (GM) mustard crop
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.
Genetically modified mustard no solution for India’s Rs 64,000 crore edible oil import bill, low farm income
Pushing farmers to grow oilseeds again will mean making the crop as attractive as cotton, one of its main competitors for requiring similar agro-climatic conditions.
Parliamentary panel likely to review clearance for GM mustard's commercial cultivation
A parliamentary panel headed by Renuka Chowdhury is likely to review the clearance given for commercial cultivation of genetically-modified mustard.
MS Swaminathan says genetically modified crops to be made obsolete by nano-technology
MS Swaminathan, is hailed as the mentor of the Green Revolution that saw India achieve self-sufficiency in foodgrain.
Farmers pressurise states to introduce genetically modified mustard crops
Demanding the right to technology, the Rashtriya Kisan Progressive Association has written to Chief Ministers to clear the introduction of GM mustard.
Farmers demand rollback of draft licensing guidelines for genetically modified crops
Seven leading farmer organisations voiced the demand for rollback of the draft Licensing Guidelines as well as the format for GM technology agreements.
NGOs push for GM Crops, demand govt to act fast on genetic engineering in agriculture
Pitching for GM crops for combating challenges of climate change, Confederation of NGOs of Rural India (CNRI) on Thursday demanded that the government act fast on allowing genetically engineering (GE) technology in crops other than cotton.
Assocham for field trials in GM crops, says will help increase production
Industry body Assocham has pitched for allowing field trials in biotechnology (BT) crops, terming it as a 'pro-poor' step that will help in raising food production to feed the country's rising population.
Why we should be in no rush for GM seeds: there is simply too much at stake
The problem with GM crops is not safety, but economic dependence on a monopoly. There is also the attendant issue of costs rising as GM crops demand more insecticides and pesticides after some use