The term GMO is not a new phrase to the society. All through these past 5 years, there were a hundred controversies over genome edited crops among the people, scientists, policy makers and the government.

Ever since I knew about the hybrid and transgenic plants, I always wanted to know the role and contribution of local farmers in agricultural community of the nation. Starting with the general public, there were a wide views about GMO crops that made me split into a laughter many times (people still need awareness and knowledge on Science). Relatively the farmers gave me a better perspective to conclude as they are the ‘God of Soil’ and raise crops for the nation. Not every farmers have knowledge on transgenic plants and hybrid seeds.

All that they need is attention from the government and knowledge
The ‘food-makers’ are pushed to suicides because of no proper attention from the government

A local farmer from Krishnagiri district speaks,” Though we are educated than our parents and know scientific world, we are crippled down to use the seeds available cheaply and economically due to financial constraint. Every local farmer raises crop to earn money and they least bother about the latest technology. Government should move a step ahead in safe-guarding our interests, and we cultivate for the nation.”

Whatsoever the scenario, finally the nation has decided to pull in some science with style. Way back in 2002 when Bt-cotton was introduced in India, the policy makers of the nation did not believe in its efficiency. It’s been 13 years since plant is introduced and till today there is no scientific evidence of effects on either Bt-cotton users or other local endemic species growing along with them.  With the success of Bt-cotton in India, scientists developed many such transformed crop but India has not approved and introduced any new GM seeds. Similar was the story of Bt-Brinjal in 2010, when it had all the clearance but the ministry refused to accept it.

This time it is the man who pulled it off the last time, and once again he triggers this so called ‘Second Green Revolution.’ M.S.Swaminathan popularly known as the ‘Father of Indian Green Revolution,’

Vast lands of Agricultural universities are planned to be used for GM trials
Vast lands of Agricultural universities are planned to be used for GM trials

spoke to the policy makers of the nation in accepting the GM seeds in the nation for field trial and for cultivation.

The Central regulator of Transgenic organisms – Genetic Engineering appraisal committee of Government ministry has looked for 40 government agricultural Universities having big isolated fields where the GM crops could be tested. India will provide a perfect environment for the field trails as we are divided into various Agro-climatic zones. The central ministry will have a difficult time convincing the states in the issue of field trial of crops in a protected environment. The Director of ICAR, Trilochan Mohapatra believes this trial and assessment will provide an uniform mean, and thus greater will be the public confidence in the procedures adopted. With Bt-cotton already being a successful example of this technology, the nation expects a new revolution.

The field trial will commence very soon and the Science will be exciting. This is the spark needed for India when it comes to Science, and with this I believe Life Science making a promising change in the Nation. Wishing you all a Happy 70th Independence Day.  Jai Hind.

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