We are indebted to MP Basudeb Acharia and all other 31 MPs who have across party line endorsed the truth.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture's report on GM crops is a historic, comprehensive and well-grounded document and has thrown light on the agrarian crisis in India, and the latter is a matter of concern of law makers and policy promoters not MNC base technology promoting scientific community involved in blind promotion of the technology is unscientific to say the least as parliament Committee have criticized the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation for having failed to discharge its mandated responsibilities, in so far as the introduction of transgenic agricultural crops in India is concerned, as a policy matter.
They ignored the farmers' profile in India i.e. 70% of them being small and marginal ones, levels of mechanization, non-availability of irrigation facilities, the cost-benefit analysis, the uncertainty of yield, loss to biodiversity, etc. They have, therefore, recommended an in depth probe to track the decision making involved in commercial release of Bt. cotton including how Bt. cotton became a priority when the avowed goal of introduction of transgenic in agricultural crops was to ensure and maintain food security.
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