Norms eased for genetically modified crop research:

GS Paper 3: Syllabus: Biotechnology.   Context: The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) has issued guidelines easing norms for research into genetically modified (GM) crops and circumventing challenges of using foreign genes to change crops profile. These guidelines are applicable to all public/private organisations involved in research, development and handling of Gene Edited Plants   Overview …

FSSAI draft regulations for GM foods:

GS Paper 3: Topics Covered: Biotechnology.   FSSAI draft regulations for GM foods: Context: Social activists working among farmers have come out against the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India’s (FSSAI) draft regulations on genetically modified (GM) food, terming it “unacceptable”.   What’s their demand? They want FSSAI to explicitly say that GM foods …

FSSAI releases draft regulations for GM foods:

GS Paper 3: Topics Covered: Biotechnology.   FSSAI releases draft regulations for GM foods: Context: The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has released draft regulations for GM foods.   Overview of the Draft: No one can manufacture or sell any food products or food ingredients derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) without prior …

GM soya cake imports

GS Paper 3 Topics Covered: Bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.   Context: With rising soyabean prices escalating the poultry industry’s costs, the Centre has allowed the import of 1.2 million metric tonnes of crushed and de-oiled genetically modified (GM) soya cake till October 31, 2021.   Need for: Soyabean meal is an essential …

Insights Weekend Discussions, 03 August 2014

Welcome to the Fifteenth Edition of Insights Weekend Discussions. You can access details of previous discussions here. The Topic Should There Be Indefinite Moratorium On Genetically Modified Crops In India? Recently, under pressure, the government withdrew its approval for the field trial of GM crops. This is going on for past few years. There is both opposition and support …