GM Mustard

GM Mustard

Context: Recently, The Supreme court stated it will determine what is best for the nation in a “highly technical” and scientific matter. The Supreme Court concluded proceedings on the environmental release of genetically modified (GM) mustard.

• The deferral of the decision suggests the complexity and sensitivity of the GM crop issue, requiring a thorough examination of scientific and technical aspects before reaching a conclusion.
• The court inquired on why the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) had not referenced the reports of the Technical Expert Committee (TEC) on biosafety of GM crops.
• The court\'s scrutiny of the reports highlights the importance of scientific assessments in making informed decisions on environmental releases of GM crops.

What were the concerns raised?
• There were concerned raised about the potential contamination of other mustard varieties if open plantations of GM Mustard are allowed.
• The judges emphasized the risk to India\'s potential for exporting organic food. 

What did the Solicitor General say in defence?
• Solicitor General argued that open-field trials are essential and scheduled at eight locations under supervision. He highlighted the importance of indigenous production for food security and reduced dependency on foreign market imports.

Way Forward
• The Supreme Court\'s decision to defer the judgment on the environmental release of GM Mustard reflects the complexities involved in balancing environmental, scientific, and economic considerations.
• The court\'s thorough review, legal representation, and acknowledgment of the technical nature of the issue underscore the commitment to making an informed decision that aligns with India\'s broader interests.

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