US uses 'Intel Inside' model to push GM crops

The 'Intel Inside' model has become the template for deploying agricultural biotechnology from American publicly-funded research institutions and private corporations to farmers in developing countries.

Jairam Ramesh attacks Narendra Modi

Attacking Narendra Modi, Jairam Ramesh said it was "paradoxical" that he was talking about introducing bullet trains even when he had opposed BT Brinjal.

Healthy debate required on biotechnology: Anwar

Considering biotechnology to be area of focus in improving farm productivity, Union Minister of State for Agriculture Tariq Anwar Thursday said there is a need for "healthy scientific debate" on the issue.

Govt can`t ban field trials of GM crops: Pawar

Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has said the government can`t take "luxurious decision of banning" GM crops because such kind of farm research is important for ensuring food security.

Parliamentary panel seeks probe into Bt Brinjal

A parliamentary panel Thursday recommended a probe into the issue of Bt Brinjal.

Govt drafts bill to set up Biotechnology Regulatory body

The govt has drafted a bill which seeks setting up of a biotechnology regulatory body to regulate manufacture, import and use of organisms and products of modern bio-technology.

No NGO pressure in moratorium on Bt Brinjal: Jairam

Jairam Ramesh said as Environment Minister after going through a seven-month process of public consultation.

500 kg of baingan ka bharta to protest BT Brinjal!

500 kg of `baingan ka bharta` will be cooked Tuesday to protest against a proposed move to approve genetically modified crops, including the brinjal.

`Ban on Bt brinjal hurting Indian scientists`

A leading Indian biochemist has urged Environment & Forests ministry to lift ban on Bt brinjal.

Environment Ministry trashes academies` report on Bt brinjal

Ramesh said report doesn`t give a larger scientific view & focused on findings of a scientist.

FBAE seeks removal of moratorium on BT brinjal

Bangalore-based FBAE today said that
it will submit a memorandum to the government, seeking the
removal of a moratorium imposed by the environment ministry on
commercialisation of the BT Brinjal crop.

Need for public sector investment in GM food: Ramesh

There is a need for a large-scale publicly funded biotechnology programme in agriculture.

GM food only way to feed starving people: US scientist

The `spat` over GM vegetables on
ethical grounds was meaningless while millions of people are
starving in the world, renowned biomaterial scientist of the
US Prof Buddy D Ratner said Sunday.

Activists question Bt brinjal clearance process

Environment activists Saturday
dubbed as illegal the entire process of the clearance given for Bt brinjal by the
GEAC contending that it violated the Biological Diversity Act.

Cong downplays differences among ministries on Bt brinjal

Congress today downplayed the
differences among various ministries on Bt brinjal, saying
that divergent views on the issue were coming out in public
domain which was "very healthy".

PM holds consultation on Bt brinjal issue

Against the backdrop of the
controversy surrounding the Bt brinjal issue, Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh on Wednesday held consultation with some his

BT brinjal to become reality soon: TNAU VC

BT brinjal, over which the government has put a moratorium would become a reality in a couple of years after farmers are convinced of its positive aspects, according to a top official of the Tamil Nadu Agricultural university.

Cong backs Ramesh on Bt brinjal issue

Congress backed
Jairam Ramesh, who put a moratorium on commercial cultivation of the genetically modified vegetable, saying more research is needed before it could be concluded as a safe food.

Going by science, Bt Brinjal is safe: Prithviraj Chavan

Science Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Sunday said here that there is no point "emotionalising the issue" of Bt Brinjal as science finds the crop safe for humans.

Experts caution on the introduction of GM crops

With Bt brinjal issue sparking a
controversy, agricultural experts and farmers leaders Saturday
underlined the need for caution on the rapid introduction of
genetically modified crops.