Genetically Modified Mustard and India’s Future

Pushpa M Bhargava, a nominee of the Supreme Court on the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and currently chairman of the Southern Regional Centre of the Council for Social Development, writes:


Genetically modified mustard, if approved, will be the first such food crop to be commercially released in India. This will open the floodgates for other such crops making India one of the largest users of genetically modified crops in the world in the next 10 to 12 years. Given that its agriculture is largely in the hands of multinational seed and agrochemical companies, India will end up bartering its freedom for the benefit of a few and the misery of the rest.