Activists, exporters protest Bt rice trials in India

ON the surface, it was a typical fortnight in India's debate on genetically modified (gm) crops. Right after the International Rice Congress in Delhi promoted the benefits of transgenic rice, a plot of Bt rice was burnt in Haryana amid biosafety fears, and a complaint was registered in eastern Uttar Pradesh (see box: Nailing GM). Burning of trial gm crops is not new in India, be it activists burning