Friday, April 15, 2011

The Green Signal

Sri Yoginder Alagh’s recent article ‘The Green Signal’ in the Indian Express of April 13, 2011, makes a worrying point on the cultivation of soybean in the country. Alagh mentions that the boost in the cultivation of soybean is a result of the use of GM varieties. India’s regulatory agencies have not yet given permission for the cultivation of GM soybean since the bio safety testing process has not been completed. If Sri Alagh has knowledge of the cultivation of GM soybean, he must immediately report it to the authorities since this cultivation violates the biosafety law and is therefore illegal. The cultivation of the illegal GM soybean poses a threat to the environment and human health since it has not been fully tested nor declared safe for consumption by the authorities.

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