In the last few months, a very simple vegetable has become the most controversial topic. The humble brinjal is facing the disastrous phase of its life. The criticism faced by it is not self-made but it is paying a price for the development process. The government is on the verge of approving the large scale commercial cultivation of Bt.brinjal. Bt brinjal is a genetically modified crop. The gene of the Bacteria named Bacillus thruingiensis is to be inoculated in the brinjals at the intial stage of its cultivation.It will produce toxins within the brinjal which will help in killing the pests and hence will be very effective in curtailing the expenditure of the farmers. However, the cost effective brinjal is mere an “illusion” feel the members of planning commission and other environmentalists. They have different take on the whole issue, they say if we let this crop enter into the fields,we will have to pay a considerable amount in terms of human health and diseases. They say the bacteria can cause serious diseases like cancer,kidney diseases, parkinson’s disease and many more. There is also a report which states that a hefty amount of bribe has been given to the Indonesian officials to give the approval to the project without the environmental assesment and the detailed scrutiny. On the other hand, the members of the GEAC(Genetic Engineering Approval Committe) opinionated differently. They postulated that the brinjal can only form toxins when come in contact with a special protein which is present only in the gut of the pests by forming a gene-protein complex which is not present in humans and that is why it will prove to be a boon for the enormous population.

After analysing the whole issue critically, I am of the opinion that genetically modified crops can be a very good option if all its factors are scrutinized and all the shortcomings are eradicated. The resistance by the people can be curbed by having a word with them and also making them understand the things and also by taking the valuable suggestions from them.


4 responses »

  1. The fear surrounding GM crops are not fake and neither are the promises that such modified crops offers. So, where does one draw a line? Who is the best one to decide what a majority of people would consume and more importantly, who shares the risk if something goes wrong? These are the most pertinent questions that need to be addressed before launching GM foods on a mass level. Finding answers to these questions will automatically answer other queries related to safety and efficacy of such food products.

    Meanwhile, one entity which needs to be watched are the agro-MNCs that would give their blood and sweat to lobby for anything that brings home profits. Monsanto has already been known to influence the GEAC Reports and any move advanced by it cannot be trusted with a blind eye.

  2. It is a genuine example of using Technology in natural process of crop protection and production. There must be enough research with regard to effects and side effects of the technology food from the angles of its pros and cons on human health, animal health as well as on our environment. It is the need of the hour to adopt technologies of crop protection/production as the population is growing faster than the foodgrain production. It is also well known fact that when any new technology is introduced there must be some good and bad effects and it would be a matter of findings that which is more important.

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