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Experts panel ignores mass protests. Approves Monsanto’s Bt Brinjal for release

In Environment, Food/Drink, GM Crops, Health, India, Science on October 14, 2009 at 7:09 pm

We’ve been following the genetically modified foods story in India closely. Monsanto wins a battle as Genetic Engineering Approval Committee of the Union environment ministry approved the genetically modified brinjal (eggplant) also called Bt Brinjal for release into the environment.

(full story at Business Standard) Minister Jairam Ramesh said he would examine the report before deciding.

Ramesh Sothi said the vector used in making Bt brinjal was wrong and this alone disqualified the crop. Pushpa Bhargava, another dissenter, alleged: “They told us about this meeting only on Friday evening and did not agree to give more time to include all those who had expressed reservations about the crop to participate. Such transparency would have exposed GEAC and they did not dare to do it.”

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