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After Acrimonious Debate, India Rejects GM Eggplant

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Science  12 Feb 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5967, pp. 767
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5967.767

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At a press conference here on 9 February, India's environment minister, Jairam Ramesh, announced a "moratorium" on commercial release of what would have been India's first genetically modified food crop: varieties of eggplant, called brinjal in India, equipped with a protein from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) that's toxic to insect pests. The moratorium overturns a regulatory panel's decision last autumn to clear Bt brinjal for commercial planting, and the future of agricultural biotechnology in India now hangs in the balance.