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Indian Authorities Put on Hold Nation’s First GM Food Crop

10:20 AM MST | February 16, 2010 | Deepti Ramesh

The Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF; New Delhi) says it has decided to put on hold the commercial cultivation and use of Bt -Brinjal, which would be India’s first genetically modified (GM) food crop. The ministry conducted nationwide consultations and determined that further studies are needed to establish the safety of the product, MOEF says. Bt -Brinjal is developed by Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company (Mahyco; Jalna, India), and its development was initiated in 2000. Monsanto has a 26% stake in Mahyco, according to local press reports. Jairam...

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