Gujarat govt raises voice against GM mustard

New Delhi, July 28:

Genetically-modified (GM) mustard appears to be creating a rift within the ruling BJP.

An arm of the Gujarat government, also led by the BJP, has written to the Prime Minister, seeking a halt to a possible environmental release of the controversial transgenic crop.

This GM mustard happens to be a herbicide-tolerant GMO developed with nearly ₹100 crore of our taxpayers funds.

Very often, it is being argued that since it is a public sector product, India should allow it, forgetting that what is inherently unsafe (created through transgenic technology) is bound to be unsafe whether it is from the public sector or private sector, said the letter by Vallabhbhai Kathiria, Chairman of the Gauseva & Gauchar Vikas Board.