India needs to focus on implementation of GM regulations

Agroecology and environmental biosafety expert Angelika Hilbeck on Tuesday called for better enforcement of biosafety norms in agriculture.

“It has been my observation that most countries have good regulations, but it is implementation that they usually lack and I don’t think India is any different in this regard,” said Hilbeck.

She was speaking at a press conference at the Gujarat Vidyapith on the genetically modified crop scenario in India and its implications. When asked about one of the arguments in favour of GM crops that their productivity is better, she said it was because the whole system in place is such that the capacity installed is geared towards fertiliser- intensive crops.