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Desperate farmers switching to illegal GM crops

Despite the risk of prosecution, farmers in Maharashtra are growing illegal HT cotton, which has not been cleared for commercial cultivation, responding to a call by Shetkari Sangathana, an influential farmers organization in the western state.
Image for representation(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT Photo)
Image for representation(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 23, 2019 07:30 AM IST
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Plants uprooted, buried in drive against Bt brinjal in Haryana

Earlier this month, farmers in Haryana and experts had expressed fears of widespread contamination of GM brinjal in the state with the farmer accused of cultivating Bt brinjal in Fatehabad district admitting that he had been growing and selling the GM produce since 2017.
Team under the leadership of district horticulture officer (DHO) of Fatehabad on Friday, destroyed and uprooted the plants of genetically modified (GM) or other BT Brinjal in dhani (cluster of houses) near Ratia town of this district.(HTPhotos)
Team under the leadership of district horticulture officer (DHO) of Fatehabad on Friday, destroyed and uprooted the plants of genetically modified (GM) or other BT Brinjal in dhani (cluster of houses) near Ratia town of this district.(HTPhotos)
Published on May 18, 2019 12:58 AM IST
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‘Bt Brinjal’ turns out to be different genetically modified variety

This essentially means that the contamination has not happened from Mahyco’s Bt Brinjal that has the CRY 1AC gene and is being commercially cultivated in Bangladesh since 2013.
In a new twist to the illegal Bt Brinjal cultivation story in Haryana, the state’s horticulture department said that samples collected by them have tested negative for the CRY 1AC gene and the EE 1 event of Bt Brinjal, but tested positive for three other gene markers.(HT File Photo)
In a new twist to the illegal Bt Brinjal cultivation story in Haryana, the state’s horticulture department said that samples collected by them have tested negative for the CRY 1AC gene and the EE 1 event of Bt Brinjal, but tested positive for three other gene markers.(HT File Photo)
Published on May 14, 2019 08:15 AM IST
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New Delhi | ByJayashree Nandi

In legal notice to govt, Bhushan alleges lapses that may have led to Bt Brinjal cultivation

Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan said the illegal cultivation of Bt Brinjal in Haryana would justify criminal proceedings against individuals and corporations that have participated in and facilitated its illegal sale and cultivation.
A test report of a private lab in Ahmedabad says Brinjal samples collected from a farm in Haryana’s Fatehabad have tested positive for genetically modified traits.((HT File Photo))
A test report of a private lab in Ahmedabad says Brinjal samples collected from a farm in Haryana’s Fatehabad have tested positive for genetically modified traits.((HT File Photo))
Updated on May 13, 2019 08:16 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJayashree Nandi

Seeds from Bt brinjal trials not deposited with govt body

The use of GM crops is contentious, with arguments existing on both sides. Still, with India not allowing the use of genetically modified brinjal, the developments in Haryana are a clear violation of the law.
Brinjal is genetically modified by inserting a protein gene (in this case Cry1Ac) that comes from a soil bacteria, Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), into the Brinjal genome to make the plant resistant to some pests.(File photo)
Brinjal is genetically modified by inserting a protein gene (in this case Cry1Ac) that comes from a soil bacteria, Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), into the Brinjal genome to make the plant resistant to some pests.(File photo)
Updated on May 12, 2019 07:31 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJayashree Nandi

Scientists fear widespread contamination of Bt Brinjal

To understand the extent of the damage, the Haryana agriculture department is getting the state’s brinjal crop tested to determine whether it is GM-free at the National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR), which will share the test results with the Haryana government next week.
The use of GM crops is contentious, with arguments existing on both sides. Still, with India not allowing the use of GM brinjal, the developments in Haryana are a clear violation of the law.(File Photo)
The use of GM crops is contentious, with arguments existing on both sides. Still, with India not allowing the use of GM brinjal, the developments in Haryana are a clear violation of the law.(File Photo)
Updated on May 08, 2019 08:02 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJayashree Nandi

Farmers allege illegal Bt brinjal cultivation in Haryana

The coalition demanded that the government immediately ascertain the extent of illegal Bt brinjal cultivation, take deterrent action against seed suppliers involved and destroy all Bt brinjal plots to prevent contamination.
Members of the Coalition for a GM-Free India, a group of farm organisations, claimed on Thursday that brinjal samples from a Fatehabad farm have tested positive for Bt protein.(HT Photo)
Members of the Coalition for a GM-Free India, a group of farm organisations, claimed on Thursday that brinjal samples from a Fatehabad farm have tested positive for Bt protein.(HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 26, 2019 10:02 AM IST
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