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Strong pitch for GM crops

08 January 2011

CHENNAI: CHENNAI: Advocates of genetically modified (GM) crops, both in the private sector and the government research establishments, got an opportunity to press their case for lifting the moratorium on Bt brinjal and hailing GM crops as the sole hope for India, with the 98th Indian Science Congress here offering them a platform to air their views.Apart from a special lecture session by Shanthu Shanthanam, executive director of ABLEAG, New Delhi, which saw five speakers, most of them from the private sector, saying that India’s food security would be under serious threat without biotechnology, a plenary session echoed similar sentiments on Friday, the last day of the event.At the plenary on ‘Agriculture, Biotechnology and Food and Nutrition Security’, Soumya Swaminathan, coordinator, WHO, Geneva, who spoke on the prevalence of undernutrition and how it caused more diseases in the country, suggested biotechnology as a solution.Director of National Institute for Nutrition, Hyderabad, B Sesikaran, claimed that most of the biotech products were not developed by the private sector and listed a few government institutes that have undertaken research in that field. However, he did not make it clear if those researches had the backing of any corporate house.V Prakash, director of Central Food Technological Research Institute, talking about food production, acknowledged the treasure trove of ethnic, traditional and tribal knowledge in India and said that science can coexist with them….

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Written by csirindia

January 9, 2011 at 10:36 am

Posted in CFTRI

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