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Farmers fear the impact of genetically modified mustard

October 26, 2016 07:10 AM


Gurmukh Singh, 52, from Batala in Gurdaspur owns 12 acres of land of which he grows Mustard on four acres. An organic farmer, he saves seeds from his produce for each sowing cycle. Like his fellow farmers in Batala and many others from different parts of Punjab, Singh is miffed with the Centre. The rush to appraise and clear commercial cultivation of the genetically modified (GM) Mustard has brought him to Jantar Mantar in Delhi on Tuesday, to join hundreds from across the country who are demanding that there should be no commercial cultivation of GM Mustard.


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We dont need GM Mustard, support us with better market price: Farmer groups

October 25, 2016 02:13 PM


NEW DELHI: More than 100 organisations representing farmer unions, trade unions, civil society groups and political parties are protesting the government's plans to commercially release genetically modified (GM) Mustard. On Tuesday a large number of representatives from all of these organisations under the banner "sarson satygraha" gathered at Jantar Mantar to pledge and declare that they will continue to fight efforts to introduce GM crops in India.


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GM फसलों के विरोधी में जंतर मंतर पर उतरे लगभग 150 संगठन

October 25, 2016 11:47 AM


नई दिल्ली। जीएम सरसों को किसान विरोधी करार देते हुए जीएफ फसलों के विरोधी कार्यकर्ताओं ने इसे वाणिज्यिक रूप से जारी करने की मंजूरी दिये जाने की स्थिति में देशव्यापी हड़ताल करने की धमकी दी है। इस विरोध प्रदर्शन में भारत भर के जीएफ फसलों के विरोधी 150 संगठन इसे प्रतिबंधित करने की मांग करने जंतर मंतर पर इकट्ठा हुए।


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Calls Grow for Reevaluating GM Mustard, Release of Data – As Do Protests

October 25, 2016 11:30 AM


New Delhi: Hundreds of farmers and activists gathered at Janta Mantar today to protest against genetically modified (GM) mustard. Their coming together coincided with the Supreme Court’s hearing a petition filed by the environmentalist Aruna Rodrigues seeking a ban on open field trials and the commercial release of GM mustard.


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जीएम सरसों पर किसानों को मिला विपक्षी दलों का साथ

October 25, 2016 11:19 AM


जीएम सरसों के खिलाफ लड़ाई में मंगलवार को एक राजनीतिक रंग दिखा. विपक्षी पार्टियां, किसानों और सामाजिक कार्यकर्ताओं के साथ विरोध प्रदर्शन करने एक ही मंच पर आ गईं और इनके साथ संघ परिवार के कुछ घटक भी खुलकर सरकार का विरोध करते दिखे.


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No commercial release of GM Mustard crop sans nod: Centre to SC

October 24, 2016 06:40 PM


The Centre on Monday told the Supreme Court that it would not commercially release Genetically Modified (GM) Mustard crop seeds without its permission. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi appearing before a bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur said if there would be any decision to go ahead with the field trials of the GM crop and for its commercial release, then it would first seek the apex court's permission.


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Procedural Lapses Dog GM Mustard Approval As SC Begins Hearings

October 24, 2016 11:04 AM


New Delhi: The Centre on Monday informed the Supreme Court that it will not approve the commercial use of genetically modified (GM) mustard without the court’s approval first. Attorney General (AG) Mukul Rohatgi gave this assurance before a three-judge Bench of Chief Justices T.S. Thakur and Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and L. Nageswara Rao while hearing a petition filed by the environmentalist Aruna Rodrigues. Rodrigues was seeking the prohibition of open field-trials and the commercial release of GM mustard. Earlier, on October 7, the court had asked the centre not to release GM mustard till the court could take a call on all the issues.


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State puts up stiff resistance to GM crops

October 24, 2016 10:00 AM


Expressing concern over the genetically modified (GM) crops and their impact on human health and biodiversity, an official delegation from Kerala has conveyed its strident objection to a proposal mooted by the Centre to remove impediments to research and field trials of GM crops.


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Govt tells SC it won’t release GM mustard without court’s nod

October 24, 2016 01:57 AM


New Delhi: The Centre told the Supreme Court on Monday that it will not release genetically modified (GM) mustard without the court’s nod. It, however, opposed the plea filed by environmentalist Aruna Rodrigues seeking prohibition of open field trials and commercial release of GM mustard.


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Messing with mustard

October 23, 2016 09:47 AM


The adoption of hi-tech genetically modified (GM) crops increased dramatically in the first decade of its introduction, but it was handicapped by a very narrow base and uncalculated risks. With unfulfilled promises and a tarnished image, it is now facing a reversal in its winning turf.


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Big protest planned against GM mustard

October 22, 2016 09:05 AM


A large number of people from different parts of the country will assemble here at Jantar Matar on October 25 to protest against GM mustard and other such Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), an official said.


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Many States skip meet on GM crops

October 22, 2016 02:20 AM


The Ministry of Environment and Forests held a meeting on Friday with representatives from several States to discuss impediments to research in genetically modified crops, the manner in which field trials ought to be conducted and choosing appropriate locations in States that can be designated as test-sites.


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Genetically Engineered food in Hyderabad is uncertified

October 21, 2016 02:50 AM


Hyderabad: From breakfast products to sauces, salad dressings to snack foods, certain imported products sold in city supermarkets were likely to contain Genetically Engineered (GE) food ingredients. Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) officials said that it was illegal to sell food products with GE ingredients as they were still restricted.


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