Mumbai greenlights GM field trials

JAIDEEP HARDIKAR

Nagpur, Dec. 26: The Maharashtra government has given a slew of private companies permission to conduct field trials of genetically modified crops at state agriculture universities’ farms, rejecting its dissenting agriculture minister’s suggestion for a public debate first.

Before this, no Indian state had allowed field trials of GM crops since October last year, when a Supreme Court-appointed expert panel recommended a 10-year moratorium on such trials — though the court has not issued any directives on the recommendation.