Inter-Academy Report Endorses Commercial Approval of Bt BrinjalSeptember 24, 2010
Six top science academies of India endorse the safety of Bt brinjal and recommend the commercial approval of Bt brinjal in India. The "Inter-Academy Report on GM Crops" says Bt brinjal deserves special attention in terms of its immediate relevance. Available evidence has shown that Bt brinjal is safe for human consumption and that its environmental effects are negligible. It is appropriate to release Bt brinjal for cultivation in specific farmers' fields in identified states.
The report was prepared at the request of Mr. Jairam Ramesh, Minister of Environment & Forests and Dr. K. Kasturirangan, Member of Planning Commission under the auspices of six top science academies including the Indian Academy of Sciences (http://www.ias.ac.in/), the Indian National Science Academy (http://www.insaindia.org/), the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (http://www.naasindia.org/), the National Academy of Medical Sciences (http://www.nams-india.in/), the National Academy of Sciences (http://www.nasi.org.in/) and the Indian National Academy of Engineering (http://www.inae.org/). The report concentrates on GM crops in general and on the specific issue of Bt brinjal in particular in India. It endorses the application of biotechnology in agriculture on a case-by-case basis. "Transgenic crops are one possible alternative and complementary technology products which can contribute to the on-going efforts of genetic enhancement of crops. The technology does not replace conventional plant breeding, hybrid seed technology, molecular breeding or organic farming but complements them in the over-all objective of attaining food security", the report said.
As regard to Bt brinjal, the report concludes that "the available scientific evidence does not indicate any appreciable effect of GM crops on biodiversity. The regulatory mechanism in place in India for approval of release of transgenic crops is strong. However, the same is not true about monitoring after release. A specific mechanism should be created for post-release monitoring, which should include provisions for providing effective technical advice to the farmer". Immediate steps should be taken to restore confidence and allay fears that the moratorium would influence research on transgenics and their use on individual merit. Spreading public awareness on Bt brinjal, and transgenics in general, is important and mechanisms for doing so should be set up.
Download a copy of the report at http://www.naasindia.org and http://www.insaindia.org A Hindustan Times article "Six top science bodies' verdict: Bt brinjal safe" is available at http://www.hindustantimes.com/Six-top-science-bodies-verdict-Bt-brinjal-safe/H1-Article1-603915.aspx
The Crop Biotech Update is a weekly newsletter of ISAAA, a not-for-profit organization. The CBU is distributed for free to over 23,000 subscribers worldwide to inform them about the key developments in biosciences, especially in agricultural biotechnology. Your support will help us in our mission to feed the world with knowledge. You can help by donating as little as $10.
See more articles:
News from Around the World
- Governments Draft Aichi Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing
- Global Initiative to Preserve Yam Biodiversity
- DuPont Leader: Agriculture is a Key Driver to Meet UN MDG
- Strengthening Capacity to Implement Biosafety Protocol in Africa
- COMESA Undertakes National Consultations on Draft Biosafety Guidelines
- SABIMA Stewardship Awareness Creation Workshop in Ghana
- Scientists Release Disease Free Sweet Potato Varieties
- USDA Scientists Breed Healthier Soybean Lines
- Purdue Gets Nearly $1.6 M for Biofuels Crop Research
- Researchers Work Together to Battle Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus
- Monsanto and Illumina Reach Key Milestones in Cotton Genome Sequencing
- Swaminathan Foundation Lauds Rural Knowledge Movement in India
- Indian Scientists Develop Protein Rich GM Potato
- Inter-Academy Report Endorses Commercial Approval of Bt Brinjal
- Chinese Scientists and Educators Dialogue on GM
- Australia OKs GM Crops in Two States
- Asian Preparatory Workshop on COP/MOP 5 in Hanoi
- Vietnam's Focus on Coping with Climate Change
- UK Ministers Order Temporary Halt to GM Dialogue Project
- Fighting to Save the 'Tree of Life'
- Human Medicine from Moss
- Phosphorus and Moderate Climatic Changes Do Not Affect Genome Size, Study Says
- Molecular Mapping of Leaf Rust Resistance Gene LrBi16 in Chinese Wheat Cultivar Bimai 16
- Bt Protein Vip3A Does Not Affect Non-target Organisms
- MSSRF & Telecenter Offer Certificate Course on Telecentre Management
- Third South Africa – EU Science Summit in Brussels, Belgium
- Genome Informatics Workshop in Hangzhou, China
- JRC Publication
Read the latest:
- Crop Biotech Update (December 1, 2022)
- Genome Editing Supplement (November 23, 2022)
- Gene Drive Supplement (December 1, 2022)
Subscribe to CBU: