Environmentalist Petitions India’s Court for GMO Moratorium

GMO India: Supporters of Janata Dal (United) or JD(U), protest against genetically modified mustard outside the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. The ministry had earlier made public an all clear report given to genetically modified mustard by a technical body which also said that it was fit for consumption. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
Supporters of Janata Dal (United) or JD(U), protest against genetically modified mustard outside the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. The ministry had earlier made public an all clear report given to genetically modified mustard by a technical body which also said that it was fit for consumption. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

The case of genetically modified (GM) mustard in India has reached the Supreme Court. The government has said it will bow to the court’s eventual ruling. That ruling could green-light GM mustard as first commercial GM food crop. If this goes ahead, there will be wide-ranging, devastating implications for Indian food and agriculture.

Aruna Rodrigues Seeks Moratorium

Environmentalist Aruna Rodrigues has petitioned India’s Supreme Court. She is seeking a moratorium on the release of any genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into the environment. Rodrigues is seeking a comprehensive, transparent and rigorous biosafety protocol in the public domain conducted by agencies of independent expert bodies, the results of which are made public.

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