Topic– Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nanotechnology, biotechnology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.
4) Analyze the controversy regarding use of Glyphosate as herbicide, and also discuss how India has reacted to the issue.(250 words)
Why this question
India has recently taken some steps to check use of glyphosate, a herbicide, incriminated in causing development defects and a rare form of cancer. In this context it is essential to analyze the reasons behind the controversy and also steps taken by India in this regard.
Analyze-here we have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts, and present them as a whole in a summary.
Key demand of the question.
The question wants us to dig deep into the issue and bring out the reasons behind the use of Glyphosate herbicide and discuss steps taken by the Indian government in this regard.
Structure of the answer
Introduction– write a few introductory lines about the glyphosate- its use and mention the recent controversy regarding Monsanto and Glyphosate.
- Discuss the use of Monsanto and mention Glyphosate resistant crops. E.g Farmers quickly adopted glyphosate for agricultural weed control, especially after Monsanto introduced glyphosate-resistant Roundup Ready crops, enabling farmers to kill weeds without killing their crops. From the late 1970s to 2016, there was a 100-fold increase in the frequency and volume of application of glyphosate-based herbicides (GBHs) worldwide, with further increases expected in the future, partly in response to the global emergence and spread of glyphosate-resistant weeds etc.
- Discuss the adverse effects of use of Glyphosate. E.g In March 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic in humans”- non-Hodgkin lymphoma in humans; developmental defects in babies etc.
- Discuss the recent testing requirements announced by the government and mention Maximum Residual Limits prescribed thereunder.
Conclusion– based on your discussion, form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the given issue.