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GM Labelling in India

The department of consumer affairs recently mandated compulsory labelling of packaged genetically modified food. Though segregation and testing to ensure compliance is a great challenge under Indian conditions, implementation is not difficult because India has only a limited number of genetically modified imports and only one commercially produced domestic crop - Bt cotton. This note provides the international context for the new rules and the background on previous attempts to mandate GM labelling.

Un-scientific Dismissal

The analysis in “Bt Brinjal: Need to Refocus the Debate” (EPW, 15 May) by Prabir Purkayastha and Satyajit Rath is right to the extent that in the debate on genetically-modifi ed (GM) crop technology, the role of multinational corporations (MNCs) like Monsanto and other monopolies should not be...

Response on Bt Cotton

This is with regard to the comment “Campaign against Bt Cotton” by R V Ramana Murthy (EPW, 15 August 2009) in response to my article “Bt Cotton and the Myth of Enhanced Yields” (EPW, 30 May 2009). I find that Murthy has misread and misunderstood several points that I was making. The main point that...

Bt Cotton and the Myth of Enhanced Yields

It is presumed that remarkable increases in cotton productivity in India have come about through bacillus thuringiensis cotton and that this approach therefore must be replicated in other crops. This article explores the myth of rising yields of genetically modified crops and points out that genetic engineering has been at best neutral with respect to yield and in many cotton growing countries the average cotton yields have stagnated since the adoption of Bt cotton.

Targeting Regulation in Indian Agriculture

At the end of its first three years, the Indo-United States Knowledge Initiative on Agriculture is recommending changes in regulation to suit US commercial interests. This article, based on a reading of the minutes of the KIA board's meetings, analyses the proposed changes in some important areas like regulation of genetically modified organisms, contract farming, and intellectual property rights in agriculture.

National Biotechnology Regulatory Authority

Going by the text of the National Biotechnology Regulatory Bill 2008, the government of India and specifically, the department of biotechnology (DBT), have a clear disdain for the need to conserve biodiversity, or allow state governments to exercise their constitutional rights over their agriculture...

Biosafety and Beyond

India is on the verge of approving a genetically modified food crop, Bt brinjal, for large-scale trials in the country. The unbridled proliferation of illegal Bt cotton in the country is already proof of serious regulatory failure and, elsewhere too contamination of the supply chain due to crops in field trials is on the rise. It is pertinent to ask questions about the biosafety regime in the country and look at larger issues beyond, including whether GM technology is needed at all.

Bt Cotton in India

Though there is a great deal of variability in the expected performance of Bt cotton depending on the environment, the regulation and marketing of the hybrids reflects a uniformity of approach that is inexplicable. Academic studies continue to talk of the importance of studying toxicity and monitoring resistance build-up even as initial resistance management plans at the farm level fail. It is clear that all possible options for managing bollworms have not been assessed before zeroing in on Bt cotton.

'Bt Cotton Controversy: Paradoxes that Remain

Paradoxes that Remain KAVITHA KURUGANTI Coming to the present article, the authors It seems to be the norm with Gopal Naik, Matin Qaim, Arjunan Subramanian and David Zilberman
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