GM Mustard not approved, Environment minister tells Supreme Court

The environment ministry told the Supreme Court on Friday that it has not granted approval for the commercial cultivation of Genetically Modified Mustard (GM Mustard).

The bench is hearing activist Aruna Rodriguess petition asking for a stay on the commercial release of GM mustard, which was cleared by the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee, Indias apex biosafety regulator, in May.

On Wednesday, Environment Minister, Harsh Vardhan told Hindustan Times that the ministry was still studying the issue. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science & Technology, Environment & Forests, headed by Congress leader, Renuka Chowdhury, had urged the ministry to postpone the decision till the committee had completed its own hearings on the matter.