Genetically Modified (GM) Crops Opposed By Different Ministries of Pakistan

Genetically Modified (GM) Crops Opposed By Different Ministries of Pakistan

The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research on Thursday discussed the Genetically Modified (GM) food crops in the country. The ministry of national food security has opposed the use of Genetically Modified (GM) food crops in the country. The ministry is of the view that these GM seeds carry health hazards for the environment and human life.

It was informed that both the biosafety committee and the ministry of commerce have imposed a ban on the GM crops because of the health issues and the damage it will do to the exporting standards.

The ministry of health climate change ministry also opposed their use as it was dangerous for public health and the environment. The GM seeds were be introduced in cotton crops but the decision was not supported for maize crops.

A comprehensive report with the input of all the stakeholders has been submitted to the Prime Minister. This report has stated the healthy consequences, negative environmental impact and damage it would bring to exports. The major corn oil producer has already warned that it would not export corn from Pakistan if it is using the GM seeds.

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