Farmers bodies raise voice against GM mustard in India

Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS), which claims a membership of five lakh farmers in Gujarat, three Agricultural Produce Marketing Companies (APMCs) in the State, along with former Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss, have joined the chorus of organisations and activists opposing commercial cultivation of GM mustard.

The Hindu Business Line reports that Ramadoss, in a letter to Health Minister JP Nadda and Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, released at a press meet, said he was reacting to media reports that the government was considering approval of genetically modified (GM) mustard and an application had reportedly been moved in this regard to GEAC.

Earlier, eminent scientist P M Bhargava wrote that there is substantially large and incontrovertible evidence that genetically modified crops are harmful to human and animal health, environment and biodiversity.

Read about farmers groups’ reactions and PM Bhargava’s article in The Hindu Business Line.