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Indian Environment Minister defends GM crops

India’s Environment Minister has defended the use of genetically modified crops, saying that there is no scientific evidence so far to show that GM crops are harmful to health or the environment. "GM crops, particularly GM corn [maize], canola, soybean and cotton, are being cultivated and consumed by human beings as well as animals in many countries the world over as food, feed and processed products," the Minister, Prakash Javadekar, said in a written reply in the upper house of Parliament (Rajya Sabha). He added that the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee recently approved field trials on 12 GM crops: cotton, rice, castor, wheat, maize, groundnuts (peanuts), potatoes, sorghum, brinjals (aubergines), mustard, sugar cane and chickpeas.



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