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‘GM mustard safe and supportive of honey bee’

Reaction came as several activists decided to counter a possible green signal to the GM mustard by MoE

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Publish Date: Sep 30 2016 2:48PM | Updated Date: Sep 30 2016 2:48PM

‘GM mustard safe and supportive of honey bee’

Rejecting claims of anti-Genitically Modified (GM) crops lobby in the national capital, few experts assured the bio-safety of the crop.

 
They also added that many are busy with fear-mongering while GM crops are being used worldwide.
 
Reaction came as several activists decided to counter a possible green signal to the GM mustard by the Ministry of Environment, which will receive comments till October’s first week. 
 
Meanwhile, beekeepers also held protest here against GM mustard, claiming it would kill the bees. 
 
Quoting studies and scientists, research organisations like South Asia Biotechnology Centre (SABC) and Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises, Agriculture Focus Group (ABLE-AFG) said while the GM mustard "bolsters honey bee population", the "myths" associated with GM crops are nothing but fear-mongering.
 
"GM mustard does not contain any insecticide that will kill honeybees visiting its flowers, nor enhances use of sprayable insecticides. On the contrary, GM mustard with its hybrid vigor will help in increasing more visits of honey bees and consequently of their populatio," a report by SABC stated quoting Dr. Govind Gujar, former head, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi.
 
Report by ABLE-AFG quoted Deepak Pental, Professor of Genetics, Delhi University: "We have carried out all the necessary studies with respect to bio-safety of the GM Mustard hybrid DMH-11 and its parental lines. The issues being raised are to stop the use of genetic engineering technologies for improving crop productivity in the country."