India: Government puts genetically-modified crop trials on hold

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The Centre has put on hold field trials of genetically-modified (GM) crops following pressure from the Swadeshi Jagaran Manch (SJM) and the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS), affiliates of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). A delegation of the two organizations met Environment and Forest Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday to convey their protest against the green signal given by the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) on July 18 for field trials of 15 GM crops, including rice, mustard, cotton, chickpea, and brinjal. Javadekar assured them that ‘the decision about field trials of GM crops had been put on hold,’ a statement issued by SJM co-convenor Ashwani Mahanjan said.
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