India rejects GM food aid
India's decision follows a similar controversy in Southern Africa last year when Zambia refused to accept GM food aid, citing its concern that such food could be harmful to human health (see Zambia stands firm against GM).
India approved the planting of GM cotton early last year (see India approves cultivation of GM crops). But since then the government has been sending out mixed signals regarding its stance on genetic modification. For example, last year the committee that determines India's GM policy regularly held up approval of other such crops, including mustard, although government officials say that a decision is expected soon.
The US appeal is to be heard later this month. If it is rejected, "it could have negative implications for the commercial development of GM crops in India", says the Financial Times.
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