Pawar Backs Expert View on BT Brinjal

The protest against BT Brinjal is getting louder and receives even global attention, Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has backed the expert view on the issue, reported Times Now.

As the issue becomes the subject of intense debate, the country is figuring out the benefits and harmful effects of its genetically modified (GM) variant and also some questions are being raised such as whether Indian farmers will now be held hostage and become dependent on large US companies producing the genetically modified seeds for the genetically modified Brinjal.

In reaction, Sharad Paawar said that the opinion given by the expert committee should be final, said report.

“If after all precautions they have come to the conclusion that this is beneficiary, we should not oppose it,” he was quoted as saying.

However, the chairperson of expert committee Dr Arjula Reddy conceded that more tests could have been done.

“If more tests were done and if there was a subtle or harmful effect it would have come out. However, regulatory authorities have not prescribed them for a long time,” Reddy was quoted as saying.

On Sunday, Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh had said that the Centre would soon take a decision on whether to allow commercial cultivation of genetically modified Bt brinjal.

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