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LSP welcomes SC verdict on GM crop trials

Posted on Nov 11, 08:34AM | UNI

Lok Satta Party (LSP) National President Jayaprakash Narayan today welcomed Supreme Court's refusal to impose an interim ban on field trials of Genetically Modified (GM) crops and reconstitution of the Technical Experts Committee with the inclusion of an agricultural expert.

LSP had impleaded itself in the writ petition in the Supreme Court against conduct of GM crop trials.

In its petition, the party strongly argued that GM crops are essential for ensuring food and nutritional security in a developing country like India with ever growing population.

The Technical Expert Committee constituted by the Apex court in its interim report dated October 7, 2012 had recommended imposition of a 10-year moratorium on field trials of GM crops.

In its petition, the LSP had argued that the interim report had not considered the advantages of GM technology.

It pointed out that in the whole debate on transgenic technologies, there is a confusion of two separate issues- technology and propensity of companies to perpetuate monopolies.

Technologies need to be welcomed and adopted to suit the needs of the country, subject to certain precautions and there is every need to protect the farmers from monopolistic tendencies of technology leaders.

The committee was more apprehensive of the monopolies and business practices of parent companies, which are seen to be exploiting the farmers of India, a release from LSP here said.