India has deferred the commercial cultivation of what would have been its first genetically modified (GM) vegetable crop due to safety concerns.I hope those opposed to Bt brinjal don’t think that’s the end of the story; it will be back. But at least for now they’ve won.
Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said more studies were needed to ensure genetically modified aubergines were safe for consumers and the environment.
Hm, I wonder if their approach would work for something else, such as bioengineered eucalyptus in the U.S. southeast? There are parallels: lack of serious studies of health effects and lack of demonstration of containment. Can Americans do what Indians just did?