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Indian Environment Minister clears GM crop trials

India's Environment Minister has cleared the backlog of field trials of genetically modified crops that were authorised by the country's Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) last year but put on hold by the previous Minister, national media report. The trials are still subject to obtaining a no-objection certificate from the states where they are to be conducted. The GEAC had been dysfunctional since April 2012, but after being reconstituted in March 2013 (Agrow No 660, p 23), the Committee met once and cleared some GM crop trials.  However, the Environment Ministry pulled the minutes of the meeting from its website and decided to hold back the clearances. The next meeting of the GEAC is reportedly scheduled for the end of this month.



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