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It is essential to strike a balance by ensuring rigorous scientific evaluations, transparent regulatory processes, and addressing concerns about environmental and food safety to responsibly harness the benefits of GM technology for India’s agricultural sector. Critically analyse the above statement in the context of Indian government’s approach to approving GM mustard.

Topic: Technology missions;

4. It is essential to strike a balance by ensuring rigorous scientific evaluations, transparent regulatory processes, and addressing concerns about environmental and food safety to responsibly harness the benefits of GM technology for India’s agricultural sector. Critically analyse the above statement in the context of Indian government’s approach to approving GM mustard. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Tough

Reference: The HinduInsights on India

Why the question:

The article discusses the contentious issue of introducing genetically modified (GM) mustard in India.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the impact of clearance granted for the cultivation of GM-Mustard and need for a more balanced and transparent approach.

Directive word: 

Critically analyze – When asked to analyse, you must examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them in a summary. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a balanced judgment on the topic.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving context.

Body:

First, in brief, write about the needed for GM crops in the country to meet the challenges of food security and make farming commercially viable and tackle challenges posed by climate change.

Next, write about the positive aspect of the lifting the ban on GM Mustard and its impact on the farmers as well as scientific community in the country.

Next, write about the concerns associated with the above with respect to regulatory processes and transparency and how can they be addressed.

Conclusion:

Conclude by writing a way forward.