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'Genetically engineered food is bio safe'

India's Environment Ministry said that genetically engineered food is safe to consume

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Publish Date: Sep 20 2016 2:11PM | Updated Date: Sep 20 2016 2:11PM

'Genetically engineered food is bio safe'

Amid speculation over the fate of genetically modified crops, India's Environment Ministry said that genetically engineered food is safe and can be consume without doubt. 

 
According to the ministry a regulatory framework supported by several guidelines is there to ensure bio safety of all types of genetically engineered organisms. 
 
"India has a robust regulatory framework for ensuring bio safety of all types of genetically engineered organisms under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986," said Amita Prasad.
 
Prasad is Additional Secretary and Chairperson of the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee in Environment Ministry. “These regulations are supported by guidelines to deal with various aspects,” she added. 
 
Emphasizing capacity-building and effective implementation of the bio safety regulations, she commended the research institutions for their initiatives towards developing newer products relevant to the national needs. 
 
Pointing out the food crisis and challenges ahead to achieve food security amid climate change and dwindling natural resources, there is a need to ensure enough crop production in country. 
 
National Academy of Agricultural Sciences Vice President Anupam Verma noted that "the world has no option, but to accelerate utilisation of the available and emerging technologies for improving world food production".