It was third meeting since March this year and with go-ahead to 15 proposals for field trials of GM crops on Friday, the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) of the environment ministry has now cleared 60 field trials in last three meetings.
"We have approved 15 proposals for field trials of GM crops. In the past four months since
The issue of GM crops has been highly controversial in
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The decision, however, did not find favour with environmental activists. "It is quite unfortunate that the GEAC is continuing to approve field trials ignoring the warning of eminent experts and parliamentary group. This move is a threat to bio-safety and will jeopardise our agriculture," said sustainable agriculture campaigner of Greenpeace NGO Manvendra Singh.
Meanwhile, even after Friday's meeting moratorium continues on commercialisation of BT brinjal as government is still undecided on it. Former environment minister
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