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Strong Opposition Convinces India To Delay Commercialization Of GM Eggplant

February 10, 2010: 06:24 AM EST
Under pressure from eggplant growing states, environmentalists and health advocates, the Indian government has backed off plans to allow commercialization of a genetically engineered eggplant, overturning an earlier committee decision. The government said it has placed "a moratorium on the release" of the Bt Brinjal eggplant until "independent scientific studies establish, to the satisfaction of both the public and professionals, the safety of the product.” India will continue to apply biotechnology in agriculture, officials said – the country already produces genetically modified cotton. The GM eggplant contains Monsanto's Bt gene whose ultimate effect is to render the vegetable toxic to certain insects.
KRISHNA POKHAREL, "India Halts Plan for Engineered Eggplant", Wall Street Journal, February 10, 2010, © Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
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