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‘Skill India', 'Make in India' and 'Ease of doing business' have nothing to offer farmers. Every aspect of agriculture in India is tied up in regulations.
The study was conducted by US-based International Food Policy Research Institute and the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute, a government agency.
Bharatiya Kisan Union, Haryana, says farmers in a Hisar village will sow HT Bt cotton seeds Friday to support the Maharashtra farmers who defied GM crop ban.
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The farmer, a member of the Shetkari Sanghatana, which backs GM crops, planted the modified cotton in Maharashtra's cotton-growing Akola district.
The 'farmer satyagraha' will see the participants plant banned GM crops in a plot at Maharashtra's Akoli Jahangir village.
State panel says since "environment and health are national issues", central agencies should investigate case of Bt brinjals being sold in markets across north India.
It is illegal to cultivate genetically-modified brinjal, but a farm in Haryana has been allegedly growing and selling it for a couple of years.
EU investigation of the paper by Gilles-Éric Séralini comes as much-needed validation for scientists and farmers in India who have been pushing for GM crops.
The Centre told the Supreme Court that it would take a decision in a month-and-a-half on whether it would allow the commercial roll-out of GM mustard. But the final word rests with the Court. Apurva Vishwanath