Not Opposed To More Tests, But I Think Scientists Have Done A Thorough Job, Says Minister

New Delhi: Minister of state for science and technology Prithviraj Chavan has strongly defended the tests conducted on Bt brinjal before it was declared as

Joining the growing number of voices within the government that are uncomfortable with the decision to put the introduction of Bt brinjal on indefinite hold, Science and Technology Minister Prithviraj Chavan today said it was important to ensure that

For a vegetable with such an innocuous taste, brinjals have always evoked oddly extreme reactions. It

AP GM can have some remarkable effects

HUNDREDS of farmers in long, faded cotton sarongs swarmed outside an auditorium at Bangalore University on February 6th. They were waiting for India

B Krishna Mohan / Hyderabad February 12, 2010, 1:47 IST

Jairam Ramesh today led another line of assault, saying government scientists who had dared to oppose the introduction of Bt brinjal were being harassed. At the same time, senior agricultural scientists have started to openly attack Ramesh on the decision.

The research isn't unequivocal and hasn't been publicly-funded either - given the concerns, it's not worth the risk
Sunita Narain / New Delhi February 12, 2010, 0:40 IST

Brinjal populism should not stymie regulation

G. Srinivasan

Though commercial release of genetically modified brinjal has been put on hold, documents made public by the government suggest a proposed study to assess the vegetable's need and possible socio-economic impact on farmers was never done.