More than eight months after Bangladesh began Bt brinjal cultivation the government and anti-GM activists are locked in a war of words. Neither of the two . Bacillus thuringiensis Brinjal, popularly known as Bt brinjal, was at the centre of a major controversy in India recently. Bt brinjal, a genetically modified strain. Ramesh’s articulated stance that the Bt brinjal moratorium should not Sen. Elizabeth Warren controversy follow: Almost every American has a.

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Many scientists suggest that there should be rules to regulate herbicide spray by farmers, which means they could be penalized or jailed for excessive spraying of chemicals. Environment activists says the effect of GM genetically modified crops on rats have shown to be fatal for lungs and kidneys.

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Bt brinjal controversy hots up in Bangladesh

But their happiness was short-lived because within weeks the government succeeded in obtaining a court order favouring the binjal of Dontroversy Brinjal. Retrieved 8 June Archived copy as title link CS1 maint: The recent nod to commercial cultivation of GM mustard raises important questions about the claims of scientists and the fate of farmers.

Brinjal as the only alternative available ignoring the proven agro ecological approach to pest control. Shiva has called for a moratorium on commercial GM approvals as she said “Bt brinjal is a test case for the future of our food, our democracy, our science.

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The tests have been done by the safe microbial Bt. We fail to evaluate our own indigenous Brinjal varieties. The Bt protein binds to specific receptor proteins present in the insect membrane, resulting in pore formation in the membranes.

The variety has two main functions that could be attributed to its genetic modification. Bt cotton has already proved to be a failure. Environmental activists have over the years questioned the bio-safety of these products and pointed out that this is a form ‘bio-terror’ that should be curbed at all costs.

The increase in the cases of cancer in certain farming regions of Punjab is one such example. It accounts for half a million hectares of land in India with an output of 8. Meanwhile, the European Union has followed strict norms and countries in the European Union have banned the genetically modified food crops.


Moths and butterflies would die and may led to their extinction, if they consume the pollen grains of Bt brinjal. Following concerns raised by some scientists, farmers and anti-GMO activists, the government of India officially announced on 9 February that it needed more time before releasing Bt brinjal, with Indian Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh saying that there is no overriding urgency to introduce Bt brinjal in India.

Should the Bt brinjal controversy concern healthcare professionals and bioethicists?

It is in India and Indian Subcontinent. Retrieved from ” https: In this case, just like in the case of Bt cotton an insect resistant cropbringing in a herbicide tolerant crop would increase the tendency of farmers to spray chemicals on the crops and jeopardizing their own health as well as that of water bodies, flora and fauna. It drew from the playbook of the anti-GM non-governmental organisations NGOs that have created a parallel world of science of their own.

Have a great holiday season! Shahjahan is one of the 20 farmers chosen by the government for first farmers’ field trial of Bt brinjal.

Bt brinjal controversy hots up in Bangladesh

Uses authors parameter CS1 maint: NIFTY 50 10, 2. Not only have new pests and diseases emerged, Bt cotton has failed in preventing even bollworm attacks for which it has been designed. Ina second expert committee EC-II examined the data from these trials. Subscribe to Weekly Newsletter:. Bt cotton seeds were being sold at an exorbitant price of Rs 1, to Rs 2, per packet.

Professor P M Bhargava, GEAC’s only independent expert, appointed by the Supreme Court said that a majority of the necessary biosafety tests were skipped before the clearance was given.

The costly Bt cotton is said to be ineffective against bollworms.

The insertion of the gene, along with other genetic elements such as promotersterminators and an antibiotic resistance marker gene into the brinjal plant is accomplished using Agrobacterium -mediated genetic transformation.

A study by French scientist Gilles-Eric Seralini says the tests conducted by Mahyco, the company producing Bt brinjal, were simply not valid and raised serious health concerns. The Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, Navdanya, farmers unions and public interests groups in India had warned the government that this irresponsible, rushed clearance would have high cost for farmers in terms of the economic sovereignty and seed sovereignty.


Till now, Bt cottona non-food crop, has been the only GM crop cultivated in India. We assure people of independent and transparent decision over Bt brinjal, it is not going to be taken in a closed room,” Jairam Ramesh said.

There are speculations and concerns about what it would mean to approve the cultivation of the first genetically modified food crop in India. Bt Brinjal on contriversy. Green groups like Ubinig, led by Farida Akhter, say the government rushed into introducing GM food crops in Bangladesh and all the prerequisites have not been followed properly, as is expected, while pursuing such frontier sciences.

Brinjal has been in India for over 4, years.

They recommended that large scale trials be allowed to go ahead. Get instant notifications from Economic Times Allow Not now You can switch off notifications anytime using browser settings. In the toxicity tests on target and non-target insects, this chimeric toxin was not used. I n Octoberthe Indian biotechnology regulator, Genetic Engineering Approval Committee which is an ad hoc member committee comprising mainly bureaucrats and scientists, gave its approval for introduction of Bt brinjal, the first genetically modified food crop to be allowed in India.

The move to release Bt brinjal in Bangladesh came at a time when two other Asian countries—India and the Philippines—having the same GM crop Bt Brinjal technology ready in hand, refrained from doing so because of legal hurdles and people’s opposition. It cherrypicked only supportive comments from among more than 60 comments received on Bt brinjal.

This means that even if the yields from GM mustard increases, it is highly unlikely that farm incomes would increase proportionately, as a large amount of money would go in buying more herbicides. That is why it should not be introduced in our farms and our kitchens without a proper reassessment, especially in the context of false assumptions made to present Bt.