GEAC has put on hold the decision to introduce commercial cultivation of GM Mustard crop. GEAC functions under Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (earlier called as Ministry of Environment and Forests).
Reasons for opposition of GM Crops:
- Long term impact on human health is not known.
- The BT trait of these crops may cross pollinate and emerge in local wild varieties leading to super-weeds.
Farmer groups oppose cultivation of GM Crops because promotion of sale of GM crops would hamper the sale of non GM crops.
Criticism of GEAC decision:
It is argued that GEAC undertakes decision an account of public pressure generated by some groups on Government. It is said that GM crops are cultivated in many countries of the world. India by refusing their cultivation is overlooking the benefits associated with these crops.