GM crops has proved to be one of the most contentious public issues in Indian society. Some of the perceptions includes: risk to human health, environmental impact, increase in economic power of multinational corporations and so on. These attitudes are shifting, but are still strongly hostile to GM technology.
In order to provide correct information on GM crops and technology and to bust the myth surrounding it, the Forum of Former Vice Chancellors of Karnataka State Universities (FVCK) and the Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises Agricultural Group (ABLE-AG) released a new book titled GM Crops: Perception vs Reality written by Dr. T. M. Manjunath and Dr. K. S. Mohan. The authors have more than 40 years of research experience in plant protection and biotechnology. The book was released recently in Bangalore India Bio 2015.
The book discusses commercial cultivation of GM crops and stresses their importance in effective pest control and better weed management in selected crops, resulting in increased crop production and significant reduction in the use of pesticides. The book addresses common public perceptions around biotechnology by presenting scientific facts and data from authentic and credible sources.
Agri-biotech, by increasing income of small and resource-poor farmers, contributes directly to the poverty alleviation of a large majority of the world's poorest people. Until now biotech cotton in India has already made a significant contribution to the income of poor farmers. It is high time now to apply such technologies for production of food crops.
The book discusses how Agri-biotechnology is safe, scientifically based, farmer friendly and is a most important tool to ensure food security under most circumstances.