“‘The push for GM mustard is coming from the commercial food industry, not from the kitchens of ordinary Indian homes’,” is shared from the Centre for Holistic Studies (CHS)-Sachetan; June 30, 2017
As the Indian government considers approving the commercial cultivation of GM mustard, the Hindu reports that an alliance of biologists and activists have warned that such a move would be ill-advised.
A threat to seed diversity
She told a panel here at Anna University: “The push for GM is coming from the commercial food industry, not from the kitchens of ordinary Indian homes”.
India can produce all mustard needed
She added that India produces sufficient mustard to meet its consumption requirements and the claim that GM mustard will reduce dependence on mustard oil imports is baseless.
Implications for health and safety of its consumers
Dr. Sultan Ahmed Ismail, a soil biologist, said that herbicides sprayed on the crop to kill weeds were potentially carcinogenic.
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