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UK Farmers Find Biotechnology Good

When in 2005, farmers had brought ninety million hectares under GM crop, five European countries were also party to it. Though the U.K government feels that there is no scientific finding which calls for blanket ban on GM crops still GM crop is not being grown on a commercial scale in the country. Now the farmers of the country want that they would like to reap the benefits of biotechnology and grow these crops on their farmland. These farmers have realized that these crops offer them higher productivity. The confidence of the farmers in this technology can be judged from this statement of Bob Fiddaman who said: We were getting anything from 10 to 15 percent increased yield from the GM part of the crop referencing results from the field scale trials on herbicide-tolerant oil seed rape conducted on his UK farm. Given the opportunity, I’d grow it tomorrow. The technology was that good. It seems the farmers are quite confident about this technology but whether the government commands as much of the confidence needs to be seen.

GM Crops Face Setback in Hungary

GM crops have received a major setback in Hungary. In a recent development, parliament of Hungary is backing an amendment which poses restrictions on the conditions under which GM crops can be planted. As per the new law a four hundred meter buffer zone would have to be created to avoid cross pollination. Landowners would have to get an approval before planting these crops. This decision has angered the crop producers. On the other hand Jozsef Graf, agriculture minister of Hungary stated that since it is one of the strictest GMO laws of Europe therefore producers seem to be upset by it. This law might certainly upset the chances of Hungary to emerge as a leading regional agricultural producer.

Access to safety results of GM crop field trial tests in India denied to Greenpeace

Even the Right to information act or RTI could not help Greenpeace in India. RTI activists tried using this right for getting information on the safety tests of GM crops but their request was rejected on the plea that disclosure of the information could harm the competitive position of the company developing these crops. Information was sought on the field trial locations and allergenicity and toxicity data related to the rice, brinjal and other crops being tested. Though information on location was revealed but access to other set of information was denied. Greenpeace and other farmer organizations are not satisfied with the manner in which the trials are being conducted and they fear that gross violations have been conducted while conducting the tests. On the other hand GEAC states that field trials were being conducted keeping in view all the biosafety and regulatory norms in mind but it seems that there is something fishy since the government is hiding certain results on pretext of safety. The government should come up with a clear picture or it might become difficult to make the people accept GM crops. Via hindu