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India Puts on Hold Genetically Modified Food Crop

1:46 AM MST | February 10, 2010 | Deepti Ramesh

The Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF; New Delhi) says that, following a series of nationwide consultations, it has decided to put on hold the commercial cultivation and use of Bt-Brinjal, which would be India’s first genetically modified food crop. 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, say press reports. Jairam Ramesh, minister of state for...

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