Terming it as the most comprehensive assessment of genetically modified (GM) crops in the country, Greenpeace asked the government to take the recommendations of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture seriously and immediately act on them.
Releasing the report at a press conference, the chairperson of the committee, Basudeb Acharia said "the committee has come to the conclusion that since concerns on the potential and actual impacts of GM crops on our food, farming, health and environment are valid, GM crops are just not the right solution for our country."
The NGO said the report comes at a time when the union government is trying hard to introduce a new regulatory system for GM crops by the name Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI) bill.
"The standing committee report exposes the serious gaps in our country's GM regulatory system and the lopsided GM technology promotion policies of the government," said Neha Saigal, Sustainable Agriculture campaigner, Greenpeace India.
She added it is time "our government prioritises the welfare of its citizens over profit-motivated seed companies which are the only ones benefiting from GM crops.