Supreme Court says to the government, effects of Genetically Modified (GM) crops would be irreversible.
The supreme court stated to the central government to take a considered and informed view for making a policy decision over commercial release of Genetically modified mustard crop saying that the effects of the decision would be irreversible.
The centre said it was collecting information through various advisers and nullifications to commercially rolling out GM crops. The bench led by a cheif justice of India J.S Khekar and Justice DY Chandrachud granted one week time to the centre to report back on the date of the policy being finalised.
At first, the bench granted four weeks time to the centre, but later as per the plea of ASC that he would bring back the instruction within a week for the time before the policy would be taken.
On October 2016 the apex court has extended the stay on the commercial release of genetically modified mustard crop till further orders. And suggested the government to seek public opinion on such seeds for cultivation,
Advocate Prashanth Bushan, seeking for petitioner Aruna has alleged that Govt was sowing seeds in various fields and the bio safety dossier, which has has been made public on its website needs to be regularised.
Alleging that field trials have been carried without proper standardised tests, Bushan has sought 10 yr moratorium on them. The report by technical expert Committee also said that the entire regulatory system was chaos. So a 10-year prohibition should be given.
Mustard is sown around mid-October to late November and is one of the most vital winter season crops.
As claimed the yield of HT DMH 11 over Non-Gmo Varieties is, in fact, a hoax, there is no purpose to this GMO HT mustard in India. As the effect of contamination caused would be irreversible because changes happen at molecular level making the food toxic.