The data and the scientific analysis carried out by Testbiotech, commissioned by Greenpeace India, was released on January 29, and has exposed serious loopholes in the assessment of GM biosafety as carried by regulatory organizations in the country, says Greenpeace India.
A scientist working with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research told this citizen journalist, on the condition of anonymity, that toxic genes in GM corn are dangerous for both human and animal consumption. Lobbying at the political level and inadequate checks and balances is probably why the US company is getting away with infringing global norms in India.
The Greenpeace India's analytical study has indicated that the data and conclusions provided by Monsanto lack strict scientific evalutaion. Even more shocking is the Greenpeace India allegation that the data by Monsanto to Indian authorities was not for the stacked gene variety of Monsanto's corn though this is the one given in their application. Almost no study was made available for GM corn (MON89034xNK603) - another very serious issue.
While permission was given to Monsanto for GM corn (MON89034xNK603), but on the basis of data provided by Monsanto, the regulatory bodies should not have taken a decision on the safety of the plants - due to missing data and insufficient investigation - thereby posing environmental and health risks.
In 2011, Greenpeace India made public serious violations of field trials rules for the same variety of corn by Monsanto in Karnataka's Bijapur district. Greenpeace has demanded that Jayanthi Natarajan, the Union minister for Environment and Forest, under who GEAC falls, halt all 'open releases' of GM crops, including those meant for field trials.
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