India could get it’s first genetically modified food item

Mustard is all set to be the first genetically modified food item to be cultivated commercially in India. The Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) cleared the cultivation of the crop recently and the only thing that now holds back the crop from being commercially cultivated is a nod from the Union Environmental minister.

According to the developers of the crop, it is more suited for hybridization than the other crops currently available. Earlier, genetically modified Brinjal also had an approval from the GEAC but it was rejected by the ministry.

 

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