Second Indian state prohibits GMOs
The central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh has prohibited any environmental release, including in field trials, of genetically modified crops, reports Indian newspaper The Hindu. It becomes the second state to oppose GMOs after the state of Bihar spurred the country’s Environment Minister, Jairam Ramesh, to impose a ban on field trials of GM maize in March ( Agrow No 612, p 24). The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh has written to Mr Ramesh stating his decision on the ban claiming “insufficient” research on the safety of GM crops. The decision was triggered by protests over field trials of GM maize, the newspaper reports.