Medical experts write to Narendra Modi against GM mustard crop

New Delhi: Members of Indias medical fraternity on Thursday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reject the environmental release application for the genetically modified (GM) mustard crop, saying that the country should not be forced to face the risks and dangers associated with the crop.

GM mustard is a danger for cultivators, agricultural workers as well as consumers. On the other hand, there are no good reasons that can be seen so far as to why this GM mustard is needed, or what kind of benefits it will offer. There is absolutely no evidence about this. It is unclear why the country should be taking this dangerous step of allowing GM mustard to be cultivated in India, Dr. Vallabhbhai Kathiria, former Union minister of state for health and family welfare and chairman of Gauseva and Gauchar Vikas Board of the Gujarat government, said in a letter to the Prime Minister on Thursday.