Genetically modified crops

Satish Acharya cartoon for Sify.com on the cow urine disinfectant for hospitals

The Gobar economy. Finding economic value in barren cattle

When you begin with a conclusion and backfit “science” to prove it, absurd things happen.The Holy Cow seems to be one such absurdity plaguing India these days. Trumpeting the importance of the cow, the Hindutva right governments are all out to “protect” said cows by preventing all cattle slaughter. While cow slaughter is already banned in …

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Glyphosate structure 3D balls

GM issue explained for technology lovers

While we all agree that research and science are important and that innovation shouldn’t be blocked, here’s a little devil-in-the-details sharing about GM (genetically modified) foods technology. The present GM varieties being marketed, those being in focus, are defective models that a company shouldn’t be pushing to market. Kind of like releasing a car model …

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Green field with maize crop

NDA clearance for GMO food crops is against national interest

The Narendra Modi government has allowed 21 new varieties of GMO crops for field trials in India. This decision was made based on the recommendations of the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC). This is the new GEAC. The old GEAC had the first item listed under “Main functions” on its page as “To permit the use of …

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Photo of the damaged banks from Uttarakhand floods

Environmental fraud by Tavleen Singh

An article by Tavleen Singh in the Indian Express is accurately named Environmental fraud, though it is rare for such transparency of intent to be declared upfront. I do appreciate the legitimate opportunity to pun “Environmental Fraud by Tavleen Singh” when introducing the article. Considering that the article is an umbrella attack on the legitimacy …

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