By Nitin Sethi – Business Standard, 26 August 2016
The green nod for commercially cultivating genetically-modified (GM) mustard has reached the penultimate stage, with a technical sub-committee of the Union environment ministry giving a positive report on it. The nod from the statutory Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) of the government could come as soon as September.
If the GEAC does recommend the cultivation of the first GM food crop to be grown in the country in the September meeting, as sources said was likely, it would require only a political approval from the environment minister for the crop to be commercially released.
Business Standard spoke to two members of the GEAC, one of whom is also a member of the technical subcommittee, formed particularly to assess the biosafety of the crop, and two officials in the environment ministry for the story.