BT Brinjal

  • Modi's 'evoking visions' are 'paradoxical': Jairam Ramesh January 22, 2014

    Attacking Narendra Modi, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh on Wednesday said it was "paradoxical" that he was talking about introducing bullet trains and "evoking vision" of India even when he had opposed BT Brinjal. Ramesh, former Environment Minister, said he had found Modi's opposition surprising as Gujarat had witnessed a success story...
  • Pawar admits concerns about genetically modified food could be real August 10, 2013

    New Delhi: Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar in an interview with the CNN-IBN has admitted that concerns about genetically food could be real but he added that a ban on field trials would be an extreme measure. "Without trials, how can they test. So opposing even trials, I think this is...
  • Parliamentary panel orders probe into BT Brinjal August 9, 2012

    New Delhi: A Parliamentary panel ordered a probe into the BT Brinjal on Thursday after a parliamentary committee report said that adequate tests were not carried out and that the committee approving its use was under tremendous pressure from a minister to approve the BT Brinjal. The report quoted Dr PM...
  • No NGO influenced my view on BT Brinjal: Jairam February 27, 2012

    New Delhi: Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh, defending his controversial decision to impose a moratorium on the commercial release of Bt Brinjal says, "On Bt Brinjal, I would not say, from my experience that foreign NGOs influenced the decision". His remarks came against the backdrop of Prime Minister's comments that...
  • Jairam defends controversial BT Brinjal decision February 27, 2012

    New Delhi: Jairam Ramesh defends his controversial decision to impose a moratorium on the commercial release of Bt Brinjal says, "on Bt Brinjal, I would not say, from my experience that foreign NGOs influenced the decision". His remarks came against the backdrop of Prime Minister's comments that some NGOs based...
  • Not influenced by NGOs on GM foods: Jairam February 25, 2012

    The PM had said that NGOs funded from the US were funding protests against genetic engineering. ...
  • Ban on BT Brinjal's release not indefinite: Ramesh March 2, 2010

    New Delhi: The last word on BT Brinjal has not been heard with Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh saying that the ban on its release in the market will not be indefinite. In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN Ramesh claimed that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is not in favour of an...
  • Bt Brinjal moratorium to stay: Ramesh February 25, 2010

    New Delhi: Just hours before his meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the controversial Bt Brinjal issue, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh on Wednesday said the moratorium on commercial cultivation of the genetically modified crop would stay. Manmohan Singh will chair a meeting of Ramesh, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and Science...
  • Top scientist pats Jairam on Bt Brinjal, smells conspiracy February 18, 2010

    Pashtapur: Leading Canadian-Indian microbiologist Shiv Chopra has praised Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh for putting a moratorium on Bt Brinjal and says selection of the "minor vegetable" for genetic modification and its commercial cultivation was a clever strategy to spread the Bt gene "to other crops". "If GM (genetically modified crops)...
  • FTN: India not ready for genetically modified food February 10, 2010

    Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday refused to allow commercial cultivation of BT Brinjal for now. Ramesh put a moratorium till the time a consensus is not built within the scientific community on whether BT Brinjal is fit for human consumption or not. The Minister said the period of the moratorium...
  • Bt Brinjal decision respects public concerns: Jairam February 9, 2010

    Centre will not give a green signal for BT Brinjal for now. Bowing to pressure from anti-BT activists Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday announced a temporary moratorium on the release of BT Brinjal into the commercial market. He said there's a need for more tests and time and an independent...
  • Govt puts Bt Brinjal in cold storage February 10, 2010

    New Delhi: The Government on Tuesday said it would not allow the cultivation of Bt Brinjal, a genetically modified version of the common vegetable, till an “independent scientific study” satisfactorily establishes its safety. is “It’s my duty to adopt a cautious precautionary based approach and impose a moratorium on the...
  • All you need to know about Bt Brinjal February 6, 2010

    New Delhi: Bt Brinjal, a genetically modified version of the common vegetable, and its proposed introduction in India has become a topic of debate not only among scientists but politicians as well. A look at what the issues at stake are: Bt Brinjal is a trans-genic brinjal created by...
  • Row over Bt Brinjal puts Ramesh in a soup February 6, 2010

    Bangalore: Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh says he is seeking a “middle path” in the controversy over Bt Brinjal. He quite didn’t give the impression on Saturday. Ramesh and opponents of BT Brinjal quarreled with each other at a four-hour meeting in Bangalore. He scolded and pleaded with opponents and supporters of...
  • Not so scientific: BT brinjal report full of errors February 1, 2010

    New Delhi: After global warming BT brinjal may also turn out to be a scientific fraud. CNN-IBN has evidence to show that the much-hyped genetically modified version of the brinjal has the same protein content as the regular version. CNN-IBN accessed the bio-safety data submitted by Mahyco to GEAC and in one...
  • Congs backs Ramesh in BT brinjal row with Pawar January 22, 2010

    New Delhi: The United Progressive Alliance Government is split over genetically modified brinjal or BT brinjal. Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has said that he finds opposition to BT brinjal among most farmers and scientists he has spoken to and that will impact his decision. Ramesh's statements are in direct conflict with...
  • Bt Brinjal tests inadequate: How safe is it? December 4, 2009

    In October, an Expert Committee gave its approval to Bt Brinjal. Now not just activists or dissenters, even the chairman of that expert group concedes that necessary tests were not done. And without them, at this stage, we simply do not know whether Bt Brinjal is safe or not. CNN-IBN's...
  • Controversy continues over Bt brinjal approval November 30, 2009

    New Delhi: The controversy over granting approval to Bt brinjal is set to deepen. Questions are being asked about the composition and functioning of the 16 member expert committee that granted approval to Bt brinjal. Chairperson of the Committee Prof Arjula Reddy was reportedly “tremendous pressure” to clear Bt brinjal...
  • What's the truth about genetically modified foods? October 15, 2009

    New Delhi: With Indian authorities having given a nod to Bt Brinjal, or rather genetically modified brinjals to be commercially sold in Indian markets, many activists are upset. Experts feel that it may not be completely safe to consume such foods as their long term effects on the body's growth,...
  • India at 9: Is genetically modified Bt brinjal good for us? October 15, 2009

    The special show 'India at 9', on its Talking Point section debates the merits and demerits of genetically modified foods for India. The Director of Monsanto, one of the companies that propagates GM foods, Dr Gyanendra Shukla Member of and Member of the coalition for GM-free India Kavita Kuruganti fight...
  • GEAC nod to commercial release of Bt brinjal October 15, 2009

    New Delhi: The Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC), the biotechnology regulator, on Wednesday approved the commercialisation of genetically modified Bt brinjal. Bt brinjal still needs the Government's nod before its release in the market. If it gets the nod, Bt brinjal will be the first genetically modified food in India. Members of...
  • Govt halts marketing of genetically modified food crop January 30, 2009

    New Delhi: With new scientific studies now finding genetically modified foods not fully safe for human consumption, the government has put a 'temporary halt' on the commercialisation of BT brinjal, the move prompted by the Supreme Court’s special representative at the Centre’s Genetic Engineering Approval Committee. Dr Pushpabhargava said,...
  • Genetically modified food, a hot potato for the Govt December 12, 2008

    New Delhi: After imposing a ban on smoking in public, Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss is working towards banning genetically modified (GM) seeds. He says his ministry will oppose the entry of GM seeds into the country. The move comes after months of protests by activists, farmers and consumers across India. “As...
  • Gene tweaked but is this brinjal safe to eat? January 20, 2008

    New Delhi: Genetically modified brinjals may soon land on your plate and no that is not good news. Experimental genetically modified (GM) crops must be grown under strictly monitoring, but a company is growing Bt brinjal in open air in a place called Hamirpur near Delhi. The Bt brinjal has been genetically...