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Indian Ministers disagree on <i>Bt</i> aubergines

The Indian Ministers for Agriculture and the Environment have expressed differing opinions over who has the ultimate authority for deciding whether to give the go-ahead for the commercial cultivation of genetically modified insect-resistant brinjal (aubergines). The Indian Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) approved in October the commercial cultivation of Bt brinjal developed by Monsanto licensee Mahyco ( Agrow No 578, p 24). With brinjal representing the first GM food crop in the country, the issue was controversial and the Environment Minister, Jairam Ramesh, deferred a decision, opting for further consultation. He began a series of public meetings across the country earlier this month ( Agrow No 584, p 18).



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