Thanks to Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa for saying no to Bt brinjal in Karnataka and Mr. Jairam Ramesh, Union Minister of State for Envrionment and Forests (i/c) for rebutting quikly to the statement of Union Minister Agriculture Sharad Pawar regarding the Bt Brinjal.
While Karnataka Chief Minister Mr. B.S. Yediyurappa has assured a delegation comprising many eminent personalities that met him at Bangalore on 21st January 2010 that the commercialisation of Bt brinjal will not be allowed in Karnataka and it will be conveyed to the Centre.
His assurance assumes importance in the light of the scheduled public consultation on the issue of allowing commercial cultivation of Bt. brinjal scheduled to be held in Bangalore on January 25. (According to latest information the Bangalore consultation on Bt Brinjal has been postphoned and will be held on 6th Feb between 10 am and 1 pm.)
The delegation comprised Supreme Court-appointed observer to the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) Pushpa M. Bhargava, former Vice-Chancellor of University of Agricultural Sciences G.K. Veeresh and Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha leader Kodihalli Chandrashekar.
“The State Government will take a decision on the introduction of commercial cultivation of Bt. brinjal only after wider consultations with experts and the public. Several States had opposed Bt brinjal on human health and environmental grounds,” the Chief Minister said.
Various papers have carried the reports on this and you can read them here by opening the links.
And read the letter of Jairam Ramesh by clicking the image link above.