GS Mains Model Question & Answer: What are challenges of GM Crops? Remedies to overcome this. Comment
Q. What are challenges of GM Crops? Remedies to overcome this. Comment
What are challenges of GM Crops? Remedies to overcome this.
GM crops are plants used in agriculture in which the DNA has been modified
using genetic engineering techniques.
So far only GM cotton has been approved in India.
- There are many risks associated with use of GM crops, some proven, some
still being studied.
- The health concern has forced GEAC (Genetic Engineering approval committee) to
put a ban on further field trials of GM crops.
- There are also risk that use of GM crops will lead to extinction of many
indigenous variety of crops and also increased dependence on company likes
- This is like promoting a mono-culture cropping which can backfire. Hence
through studies need to be carried out before removing moratorium on GM crops
Given the concerns and burgeoning human population it is important that we
must debate and draw some conclusion for the implementation of GM crops. Organic
farming can be a better option as it retains soil quality and highly nutritious
and with the example of Sikkim other states can shift their focus to it. Also
information about quality of GM crop must be made public so that any buyer
buying GM product must be aware of it.