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Scientists for caution on GMOs

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SCIENTISTS and environmental experts from Asian countries have advised caution with regard to Living Modified Organisms (LMO) or Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO).

Speaking at a workshop, coinciding with World Bio-safety Day, they said that while three decades have lapsed, the risk of LMOs and GMOs are yet to be fully identified and methods for their containment found.

Mr Bachi Singh Rawat, Minister of State for S&T, in his inaugural address said that India was possibly the only Asian country to have evolved a firm and reliable regulatory mechanism for the development and evaluation of transgenic substances. Only last month the Government had authorised the cultivation of Monsanto/Mahyco BT-cotton after prolonged trials and evaluation.

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