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SC permits field trials of GM seeds

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May '07
Supreme Court (SC) three-member bench chaired by Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan permitted the Government to carry out field trials of genetically modified (GM) crops in India.

However, Chief Justice laid out certain conditions for the tests. The GM experiment fields should be atleast 200 metres away from the other planting areas. Court also informed that fields in the vicinity will also be tested for contamination up to 0.01.

Bench further stressed that the researchers participating in the GM trials will be responsible to ensure that all the conditions are fulfilled.

These trials were approved by Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) in April and May 2006, under similar restrictions.

Court said that GEAC should provide a detailed report of the advantages as well as harmful effects of GM cultivation.


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