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Sep 24, 2010

Hindustan Times - 6 Top Science Bodies Conclude BT Brinjal Is Safe

On 24 September 2010 The Hindustan Times reported that six top Indian science academies had concluded that BT brinjal is safe for commercialization. They also added that there is a risk, "if the science is flawed." 

The academies' conclusion on BT brinjal is also made on the basis that India’s food security is “too critical an area” to be left entirely to the private sector. In their view, India's public sector organisations must "be the main facilitators of gene-modified (GM) technologies."

The academies were given the task of evaluating the GM eggplant by Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh.  The Minister was responsible for initiating a ban against commercial release in February 2010.

The academies involved in this review include:

  1. Bangalore-based Indian Academy of Sciences,
  2. National Academy of Medical Sciences
  3. Indian National Academy of Engineering
  4. Indian National Science Academy
  5. National Academy of Agricultural Sciences
  6. New Delhi-based and Allahabad-based National Academy of Sciences

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