Modi sits on fence on GM food

JAIDEEP HARDIKAR

Dabhadi, March 23: Narendra Modi has cleaved an opening in the farm fence, just as he has left ajar the door to the retail store.

Modi last week took his advocacy of genetically modified (GM) crops to a Vidarbha belt scarred by farmers’ suicides but skirted a direct question on his stand on the infusion of the technology into food crops.

At a Chai pe Charcha interaction with a group of farm widows and family members in Dabhadi, a village in Maharashtra’s Yavatmal district, a farmer asked Modi if he would introduce Bt brinjal, the genetically modified version of the vegetable.

Modi, whose government had opposed field trials of Bt brinjal though it supports GM commercial crops, ducked the question.