Gujarat says no to field trial of GM food crops

Vishwa Mohan, TNN | Oct 10, 2014,

NEW DELHI: Gujarat has joined 10 other states in saying no to field trials of genetically modified ( GM) food crops.

In a major setback to the proponents of GM crops who generally used to cite Gujarat as an example for its liberal approach on transgenic crops, the state government has denied mandatory ‘no objection certificate’ (NOC) for field trials of food crops to multinational seed companies.

After getting a nod from central regulator, Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC), the seed companies had approached Gujarat government last month to get the required NOC for field trials of food crops like rice, wheat, maize, brinjal and mustard.