Going by the findings of the task force appointed by Health Secretary
The task force concluded, "looking at the current situation, the country has some capacity to handle and monitor GM food imports". Yet went on to caution, "the capacity to detect GMOs is separate and distinct from ability to assess the safety of GMOs".
It's clear that safety testing for human consumption has not been provided for in the regulations outlining the mandate of the
The proponents of GMOs are concerned about food security. They argue that GM crops have the potential to end hunger and malnutrition.
Food insecurity is caused by low productivity, post-harvest losses, over-reliance on rain, climate change, increasing food prices and land tenure. On the other hand food availability depends on production, storage, exchange of food or availability of social protection measures and transport infrastructure.
If hunger is driving
The 2010 special report by the
The report says independent laboratories confirmed that Round up Ready and Basta tolerant types of GMOs were among types found growing wild as a result of the import of canola from
"The committee strongly feels that given the reach and spread of outside containment applications of modern biotechnology viz cultivation of GM crops on commercial scale, containment of harm would be a very challenging task even for some of the most well-equipped developed countries and simply impossible in a country like
A paper on Giving Away Indian Agriculture on a platter released in 2010 reported, "
Maize production in
The task force notes that global GM crop production focuses on two traits; herbicide tolerance and insect pest resistant. Food assurance for
The Nagoya Protocol set to come into force on
There is also low appreciation of biotechnology and biosafety by information and communication agents, low technology literacy levels among stakeholders and inadequacies in the appreciation of the value of biotechnology and biosafety information.
Proponents of GMOs have to consider other ways of addressing food security.
Patrick Wangamati is a nominated MP, a member of the parliamentary
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