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Genetically-Modified Crops

I am shocked to read the editorial “Modi and Modified Crops” (26 July 2014) on the subject of genetically-modified (GM) crops, which comes close to saying that even research on GM crops should be postponed and virtually banned. There are several scientists in India and abroad who have no political or corporate connection, and are in support of research on GM crops. These scientists will migrate towards destinations where society is open to research and scientific inquiry. To postpone research on these crops will keep India in perpetual misery.

Wherever intensive agriculture is practised in India, the water resources are polluted because of chemical run-offs from the farms. One of the important ways to clean those water resources is to use GM crops which are meant to use much fewer chemicals compared to the present farming systems. Ideally, India should go all out for organic agriculture but then food security will be threatened since the productivity of such agriculture is very low. So India is in a difficult situation and will remain like that for the foreseeable future if research on GM crops is banned indefinitely.

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