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Panel report tabled in Parliament says 'no' to genetically modified crops

New Delhi, Dec 18 (UNI) No genetically modified crop, including GM Mustard, should be introduced in the country unless their bio-safety and socio-economic desirability is evaluated by a participatory, independent and transparent process, recommends the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Environment and Forests in its report which was tabled in Rajya Sabha here on Monday.
Suggesting that a retrieval and accountability regime be put in place, the committee asked the government to examine the impact of GM crops on environment thoroughly in consultation with the concerned government agencies, experts, environmentalists, civil society and other stakeholders ''so that the nation is very clear about all probable impacts before taking a call in the matter''.
On GM Mustard crop, the committee said the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) had approved commercialisation of the crop despite the matter pending a decision in the Supreme Court. It said there were ''serious unanswered questions'' in GM Mustard crop.
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