Genetically Modified (GM) crops | UPSC CURRENT AFFAIRS

Genetically Modified (GM) crops: Current Affairs 

Daily Current Affairs MCQsHistory MCQPolity MCQ Video Series


Genetically Modified (GM) crops

Relevance: Environment / Economy

Context: In several regions, farmers are sowing GM crops of maize, soyabean and mustard, which are not approved by the government for their cultivation till now.

What are GM crops?

  • A GM or transgenic crop is a plant that has a novel combination of genetic material obtained through the use of modern biotechnology. Bacillus thuringiensis is widely used in agriculture for the control of pest attack.
  • It is a soil bacterium which is inserted into crop DNA to get the desired genes in plant like weather resistance or pest resistance. Presently, Bt cotton is the only GM crop that is allowed in India. It has two alien genes from the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) that allows the crop to develop a protein toxic to the common pest pink bollworm.

Regulatory authority and laws:

  • In India, Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) is the apex body that allows for commercial use of GM crops and their cultivation.
  • In 2002, the GEAC had allowed the commercial use of Bt cotton. Under the Environmental Protection Act,1986, use of the unapproved GM variant can attract a jail term of 5 years and fine of Rs 1 lakh.

CRACK  UPSC EXAM IN 200 DAYS! –> CLICK HERE

PRELIMS + MAINS GUIDANCE PROGRAMME —> CLICK HERE 

Spectrum Modern Indian History MCQs Video Series –>  CLICK HERE 

Laxmikanth Indian Polity MCQs Video Series —> CLICK HERE

ART AND CULTURE MCQs VIDEO SERIES –> CLICK HERE

TRY FREE UPSC MOCK TEST  SERIES–>  CLICK HERE


Welcome to Netmock. Netmock is India’s leading website for UPSC/IAS UPPCS preparation. Areas like General Studies, Daily Current Affairs MCQs for UPSC, Spectrum Modern Indian History, Indian Polity Laxmikant Indian Economy, Indian art and culture, Geography, Environment & Ecology, National issues, International issues, The Hindu analysis, The Hindu analysis, Current Affairs MCQs 100 and 200 days UPSC preparation are covered.





Crack UPSC exam in 200 days


MONTHLY  MCQ PRACTICE BOOKS (ENGLISH)


MONTHLY  MCQ PRACTICE BOOKS (HINDI)


Daily Current Affairs


CURRENT AFFAIRS MCQ


INDIAN POLITY MCQ


You may also like...

Leave a Reply

 

Terms and conditions  |  Privacy policy  |  Refund Policy           

error: Content is protected !!
MENU
NETMOCK