- GS-3: Issues of food security; Technology missions
- GS-3: Science & Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life.
- GS-2: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors
Context: On October 18, the Environment Ministry’s Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) cleared the proposal for the commercial cultivation of genetically modified (GM) mustard.
- The GEAC had previously cleared the proposal in 2017, but it was vetoed by the ministry and the committee was told to conduct more studies on the GM crop.
- The recent GEAC’s recommendation will again go to the Environment Ministry for approval.
- The latest GEAC approval allows for the environmental release of two varieties of genetically engineered mustard for developing new parental lines and hybrids under the supervision of the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR).
Main Practice Question: Do you think the recent recommendation by genetic engineering appraisal committee regarding genetically modified mustard is fraught with risks? Critically comment.
Note: Write answer his question in the comment section.