Q. With reference to GM Crops, consider the following statements;
1.India does not allow the import of non-permitted GM Crops and its byproducts in India for human and animal consumption.
2.Use of an unapproved GM variant can attract a jail term of 5 years and a fine of Rs 1 lakh under the Environmental Protection Act,1986.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
Statement 1 is incorrect: India is currently importing around 13 million tonnes at a cost of Rs 1.17 lakh crore to the exchequer. Of this, 2.0-2.5 mt soybean oil and 1.0-1.5 mt canola oil is already GM.
The Union Government of India has decided to allow the import of genetically modified (GM) soymeal for poultry industry.
Statement 2 is correct: Use of an unapproved GM variant can attract a jail term of 5 years and a fine of Rs 1 lakh under the Environmental Protection Act,1986.