Indian Authorities Put on Hold Nationâ€™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 Indiaâ€™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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