Saturday, 26 November, 2022
TopicGenetically modified crops

Topic: genetically modified crops

Indian scientists say GM mustard will help boost crop yields, cut vegetable oil imports

After the environment ministry's approval, scientists will now carry out the last rounds of trials before letting farmers grow the transgenic mustard variety.

Govt approves environmental release of GM mustard, paves way for commercial cultivation

India meets 70% of its domestic cooking oil demand by importing a variety of oils, including palm, soybean and sunflower varieties.

Snapdragon genes, anti-cancer properties — purple tomatoes are a superfruit, 14 yrs in the making

These genetically modified tomatoes will soon hit the shelves in US and are said to protect against certain cancers, cardiovascular disease, among other ailments.

I am launching a civil disobedience movement against moratorium on GM crops. Here’s why

I respect the rule of law but today, I will plant Bt brinjal on my farm to launch the ‘Feed India civil disobedience movement’. GM crops need revival.

Modi govt’s ‘indecisiveness’ on GM crops slowed down research advancement, US agri dept criticises

Report released by Global Agricultural Information Network of USDA cites 'existing policy environment' as a reason for uncertainty in agricultural biotech R&D in India.

India will lose on agri-tech, experts tell PM, seek quicker approval for gene-edited plants

Experts associated with IAAG have written to PM Modi claiming approvals for gene-edited plants have been ‘inordinately delayed’ as the regulatory body has sought opinion of states.

How Modi govt has ‘scuttled’ GM farming in India by moving Bt Brinjal trials to states

GM crops have been controversial in India from the get-go. While proponents praise its benefits, critics dismiss it as a failed experiment.

Scientists write to US universities for inviting ‘anti-science’ activist Vandana Shiva

The open letters to Stanford and University of California raise concern about Vandana Shiva's use of 'anti-scientific rhetoric to support unethical positions'.

RSS body accuses minister of giving false info on ‘cancer-causing’ herbicide in Parliament

RSS affiliate Swadeshi Jagran Manch says contrary to agriculture ministry's claims on glyphosate, the herbicide has the potential to be a carcinogen.

More Maharashtra farmers demand GM seeds: Is Indian policy dictated by politics or science?

Maharashtra farmers’ protest movement in favour of GM seeds has now spread to 11 districts.

On Camera

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A general view of the opening ceremony of the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 17, 2022. Mast Irham/Pool via REUTERS

G20 presidency is India’s chance to fix power imbalances in artificial intelligence adoption

Without considering AI challenges across the world, equitably reaping its benefits will remain inadequate, leading to a more unequal and divisive future.
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How India-Australia FTA is set to boost trade that’s already at a record high

While the bulk of the trade between India and Australia is so far in the energy sector, the FTA is expected to broaden this to include other goods and services.

Defence

Illustration: Soham Sen | The Print

Modi govt moves with Arunachal Frontier Highway, among India’s ‘toughest’ projects yet, China in mind

The 2,000 km-long highway will be of strategic importance to military. Same equipment used on other side of LAC being deployed to carry out work on tough terrain, say officials.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.